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Normal: If no u/s has been done then its doubtful that cysts are the issue. You probably have pelvic pain, and ovaries make cysts - its what they are supposed to do, they are rarely a sourc of ongoing pain. A sono is reasonable, but you should have be asked q's about your bladder and bowel function as well as the timing of your pain related to your menstrual cycle. ...Read more
See a breast surgeon: Most breast cancer operations are performed in the us by general surgeons such as myself. However, some gynecologic oncologists perform breast surgery, as well. I recommend that you seek out a referral from your primary care doctor, gynecologist, or local breast center. Remember, while most breast lumps are benign, it is best not to delay evaluation. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Gyn onc: Any can but I would recommend a gynecologic oncologist ...Read more
Gyn vs gyn oncology: A gynecologist takes care of all ladys and health issues related to say "female issues": annual pelvic exams, pap smears, helping with birth control, treating stds, and helping lady's make it through menopause. Gyn oncologist treats ladys who have developed cancer of the cervix, uterus, vagina, vulva etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gyn exam: For a routine exam- undressed and gowned-open in the front. I check the heart and lungs and then do a breast exam-laying flat and seated-I then palpate the abdomen before placing patient up in stirrups for a visual inspection of the ext genitalia and then exam the cervix and take a sample from cervix for pap smear, then check the ovaries and uterus with hand in vagina. The rectal exam is last. ...Read more
Chemo for --- ibc marginally successful. Then mastectomy, 7 lymph nodes positive. Now the surgeon wants rad, onc wants different chemo. Help!
Yes for rad: Definitely you should get an adjuvant radiation therapy following mastectomy. As per- chemo- if you get chemo first before surgery and unfortunately the response is only marginal- that indicates that your cancer is likely is resistant to chemo.So, adding more chemo post mastetcomy doubtfully will give you any benefit. Is this er+ or er-? If this is er+- then you should get aromatase inhibitor. ...Read more
Clinic doctor & nurse practioner diagnosd me with genital warts. Specialist Gyno doc & emergency room doc diagnosed me with compound nevus. Which one?
Whoa: "Compound nevus" cannot be diagnosed until the lesion is excised -- it can't be told from an intradermal or junctional nevus with any reliability. It sounds like you'd like to have the thing removed -- it's your prerogative. ...Read more
Have 2 appt fri, 1 with ob who is doin ultrasound & endometrial biopsy, the other with fam dr who wants pelvic, thyroid ultrasound for dub. Who do I c?
Depends: This is a very large area of surgery and the outcomes and surgery are vary different depending on what it is for. This could include small outpatient surgeries that can be performed in the office in 15 minutes to large complex surgeries requiring general anesthesia (going to sleep) and several hours of complex operating. Best is to get specific info from your surgeon. ...Read more
Maybe: People are referred to an oncologist for many reasons: family history of cancer, abnormal results found on lab tests, or a suspicion of an underlying cancer or blood disorder. The provider who referred you should have explained the reason to avoid causing you this worry! and you certainly have the right to ask. So ask why (or have a friend ask). That way you can be prepared for the appointment. ...Read more
Colon cancer '09 & hepatic resection 2 yrs ago. No chemo for 5 yrs. What type doc should I see for 6 mo. Follow ups? Internist? Primary care? Onc?
Oncologist /surgeon: You are now 5 years since your colon cancer but only 2 years since your liver resection which i presume was done for at least one metastasis(spread). You still have significant risk of especially liver recurrence and should be followed at least every 3 to 6 months with a cea blood test at each visit to find a recurrence as early as possible. Any of your docs is fine for follow up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Most gynecologic oncologist are not trained nor offer treatment for breast cancer in the United States. Some have received additional training but few. Better to go to a breast surgeon who is specifically trained to treat breast cancer, or a surgical oncologist. Medical oncology and radiation oncology may also be involved, especially if it is advanced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer