I had my first appointment with the radiation oncologist on Monday. Truthfully, I was quite disappointed at the end of the day. We did get some good information, and the doctor was a very nice, sociable, and no nonsense woman...really liked her. But, we were told that would have to wait for treatments to start until after I talked with the medical oncologist (the medical oncologist is in charge of chemotherapy and drug therapy). She said he would need to determine the course of treatment before radiation started (chemo comes before radiation). I was very disappointed because I haven't even been given a date yet to see the medical oncologist!
Anyway, my radiation oncologist is a take charge kind of woman. She contacted the med. oncologist and discussed my file with him. She then phoned me on Tuesday morning to tell me that chemo would not be necessary (yay!), but I would be put on drug therapy (after radiation). She said she wanted to get started with radiation asap since it has been 8 weeks since my last surgery date (I like this woman!). So we are to start radiation before I meet with the medical oncologist.
The next step is my "simulation" appointment, which is scheduled for January 21st. At that appointment, I'll be getting a CAT scan and permanent tattoos for the radiation treatments. The actual treatments will likely start a couple of weeks after that, and I'll have 16 days (5 days a week) of radiation.At this point, my best guess is that the actual treatments will start late January or early Feb. They start all the treatments on Mondays, so we're likely looking at Jan 31st, Feb 7, or Feb 14th for the start date.
So...my disappointment on Monday afternoon has morphed into thankfulness to my radiation oncologist (nothing like having a determined, no nonsense woman in your corner!) and thankfulness that the wheels are now in motion. (and extreme happiness that no chemo is necessary!)
Time to celebrate.