It’s that time of year again. Time for my 6 month oncologist appointment update. The hospital kindly sends me this oddly innocuous and rather bland looking reminder postcard shown above, twice a year, and I leave it laying around on the kitchen counter for a few weeks ignoring it and pretending it’s not there until the day I muster up my courage and call the office to make the appointment with a lingering feeling of dread.
It’s not really that bad, other than the blood draw. It’s just weird to have an appointment with an oncologist, the very definition of the word is rather daunting.
Oncologist: A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. After a cancer diagnosis is made, it is the oncologist’s role to explain the cancer diagnosis and the meaning of the disease stage to the patient; discuss various treatment options; recommend the best course of treatment; deliver optimal care; and improve quality of life both through curative therapy and palliative care with pain and symptom management.