Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Overall good appointment
Saw my PCP. The bottom line is that although there is some uncertainty, overall it looks better than I expected. The lump on my back is most likely a lipoma and it will need to be taken off by a general surgeon and biopsied to be sure it's benign but the assumption is that it is. The pelvic area is murky. Can't rule out melanoma but that's a regional recurrence at worse. I also have edema in that area. I have arthritis in my lumbar spine but I already found that out in April. The PCP couldn't reach my oncologist but that's the next step. I'm also getting into a pain clinic, lymphedema clinic and will work with a hopsital physical therapist. The PCP is great. She's so nice and on top of things. She can refer me to a general surgeon for the presumed lipoma but she agreed it made sense to see if my oncologist will excise that as well as get some tissue from the dubious inguinal area. I'm okay. I was a little pissy in terms of wishing that my ONC would have called the PCP back. She was surprised the NP hadn't called me because she thought it was left that she would do that but I'm sure they are busy. I'm trying to take the high road. I am too aware that many people have it much worse than me and these doctors have to prioritize.