Changing Doctors for Followup: Who do I see?
I’m 7 years post double mastectomy bc surgery. 2020-2021 was my 5 year follow up but it was the height of covid so it threw everything off. By the time I got into see my oncologist it did not go well. She came into the door of the exam room totally geared up in double masks and face/head shield helmet and what appeared to be a hazmat suit head to foot. From the doorway she asked why I didn’t do a virtual appointment. She seemed agitated with me. I said I don’t believe you can detect cancer over a screen. She abruptly walked over and examined me. Said: people are dying from covid. I said I understand that but as an oncologist you should know they are also dying of cancer, especially left undetected too long. She didn’t respond. Said I seemed fine and see me if I had a problem. To try to avoid coming in person.
I haven’t been back to her. I attempted to get a new oncologist last year but everywhere I called they called back after reading my files and said they couldn’t see me, they weren’t taking new patients or they said not unless I had a new present condition. How would I know that I do if I can’t be seen? I feel like she put some note in my file. Anyway, I feel I do have a very recent issue. My right breast feels slightly swollen on my armpit side and yet a little loose/hollow rippling underneath. I don’t know how to describe this other than say it also feels “off” even when I touch the area or lift my arm, a little stiff or “thick” feeling compared to the left breast that just feels it’s usual.
My dilemma is, who do I see? Do I call a new oncologist, a general practitioner, OB/GYN, the cosmetic surgeon, the oncologist surgeon…? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you sorry so long.