Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Second Opinion and Transferring Care

We have decided to get a second opinion.  I called the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center in UCLA Medical Center and they were very quick to accomodate me.  I was able to get an appointment for the next day and with no less than the center's director and world renowned surgeon, Dr. Helena Chang as my surgical oncologist. 

She reviewed my tests from the previous hospital and confirmed the diagnosis.  But she wanted more tests done to further evaluate the treatment plan they were going to give me. 

In a matter of days, I had another blood test, which this time included test for tumor markers, another chest xray, an EKG, breast MRI (which they did not have in the previous hospital), PET scan, CT scan and genetic testing.

She was concerned about the elevated liver enzymes which showed in my 1st blood test so she ordered the PET scan and CT scan.  She wanted to rule out metastasis (spreading) to the liver.  This was different from the previous doctor, who said its nothing to be worried about, without actually doing more tests to confirm it.  Im so glad we have gone for a second opinion.

Now we have decided that we will transfer care to UCLA, mostly because of the availability of facilities for more extensive tests and aggressive treatment.  And also, they are part of my insurance network, so its even better!

As of February 22, I am under the care of Dr. Chang and Revlon/UCLA.

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1 comment:

  1. Good for you! Glad you found someone who is going to fight this as hard as you!