First post treatment follow up with the oncologist

Posted by baker1 @baker1, Mon, Jan 28 6:39am

I have my first follow up visit with my surgeon and radiation oncologists in two days. The weather is threatening to force me to postpone the appointments. I'm a bit concerned as I have no idea what to expect now that my treatments are completed. I live in a very rural area three hours from my doctors. What will they be looking for generally? I have my list of things to discuss ready. Will a postponement be that big of a deal if the weather doesn't allow me to travel that day?
I hadI a lumpectomy in November 2018 for a stage 1 invasive ductual carcioma that was 5mm in size. No node involvement. In December I began 3 weeks of radiation targeted to the tumor site. I tolerated the surgery and radiation well. I'm also taking Anastrozol for the next 5 years. I have some joint soreness and mild fatigue that I think is from the Anastrozol.

Good morning ~ I believe you can take a deep breath and relax about this one! If this was a radiation appointment for treatment, I would try not to miss it, but your follow ups shouldn't involve anything vital to your recovery other than good advice , etc. I went to my lumpectomy in January 2017 in a snow storm and then again an axillary node dissection! Those 2 things I wouldn't miss, I'd gotten myself worked up enough to postpone! This is an interesting time in your recovery. sOme people say they miss the people they became friendly with during various treatments ~ In your case radiation~ and actually feel a let down when it's no longer necessary to show up each day for their treatments! I had 7 weeks of radiation and I DID kind of miss that routine; I felt that the treatments were important to my recovery and I enjoyed becoming friends with the other people in the "gowned" waiting room. One gentleman was a ray of sunlight, so funny and upbeat. We called him "Dennis the Menace"! SO, there are some random thoughts on my experience. 2 years cancer free, 1 year, 8 months into Arimidex. Time marches on! Best of luck!

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Good morning ~ I believe you can take a deep breath and relax about this one! If this was a radiation appointment for treatment, I would try not to miss it, but your follow ups shouldn't involve anything vital to your recovery other than good advice , etc. I went to my lumpectomy in January 2017 in a snow storm and then again an axillary node dissection! Those 2 things I wouldn't miss, I'd gotten myself worked up enough to postpone! This is an interesting time in your recovery. sOme people say they miss the people they became friendly with during various treatments ~ In your case radiation~ and actually feel a let down when it's no longer necessary to show up each day for their treatments! I had 7 weeks of radiation and I DID kind of miss that routine; I felt that the treatments were important to my recovery and I enjoyed becoming friends with the other people in the "gowned" waiting room. One gentleman was a ray of sunlight, so funny and upbeat. We called him "Dennis the Menace"! SO, there are some random thoughts on my experience. 2 years cancer free, 1 year, 8 months into Arimidex. Time marches on! Best of luck!

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I rescheduled my appointments for next week, ( the weather will be in the 60s as opposed to near 0 this week). I stayed in a Hope Lodge for my 3weeks of radiation treatments. I made some wonderful friends there and I do miss being around them.

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