Although I could write 100 pages of rant, I will try to keep it to a several paragraphs. I had an appointment today at my local oncologist, a month later than my original one that the oncologist's office changed. Almost immediately upon stepping in the room he informed me he is no longer going to follow me because I am refusing to take a TKI and Cleveland Clinic did not recommend I stay off any TKI as long as I remain undetectable.
I became more than a bit frustrated and annoyed, both my husband and I were with the doctor at Cleveland. He stated I heard only what I wanted to hear and because I chose to be non-compliant, 'they' meaning Cleveland could follow me. I shared Cleveland gave me three options, stating the choice of remaining off TKI was in my best interests with the PH difficulties. Cleveland oncologist asked if we were comfortable with this choice. We agreed and she made notes to send to Dr. Mullins along with investigating the lab they used. Cleveland is getting better with accepting outside testing but they still want the labs to be at their standards. Apparently the lab the local oncologist uses is not adequate. He simply stated he was not interested in searching for a lS lab or following a non-compliant patient.
When I requested he review the notes from Cleveland he flipped the folder back, I had already named two of the options I was provided and asked what the third one was. I was blind-sighted and couldn't remember. He skimmed the notes, did not answer my question or provide the third option. He shut the folder and said it did not matter.
Just for shits and grins I asked him when (not if) I had to return to taking a TKI if I he would be interested in returning to following my case. Over his shoulder he stated he was not going to waste time on someone who was not compliant.
The one interesting piece of this entire wasted visit was two months ago he strongly stated every person who stopped a taking a TKI had tested positive and returned to TKI treatment in all trials. Today, he said he has been approached by several of his patients about stopping their TKI and because there is no information about stopping he is not interested in the concept. He also noted that 50% of the patients who have stopped continue to be undetectable. But if I was to stop I had to be in a trial (which I am not a candidate for because they stopped my TKI without monitoring me) and I have not been undetectable long enough to try. I have been undetectable for 3 years now.
He also stated Cleveland could get testing approved monthly and they were not able to do this. I guess I can understand that in some fashion but it seemed to me he was peeved because Cleveland did not accept the procedures or lab testing from the main hospital.
If this is all a bit confusing and scattered, it is because I have tried to recreate the visit as it happened. On a side note, I had a paper with me from an agency I am affiliated with to provide respite care for children. I requested he review the paper and sign so I could turn it in. He skimmed the paper and where it states 'mentally healthy' he read it out loud in front of the PA and an intern (I was never introduced too or her presence noted) and said, 'You, mentally healthy?' I cannot recreate the snide tone, and although I was upset I did not misunderstand his insinuation.
I can go to Cleveland, it is a few hour drive, each way. But am I out of line by thinking this was a ridiculous way to handle the entire situation and waste another month that I have not been tested because he seems to have his nose out of whack? In a day or so I will probably think this is funny, but right now I am still seeing red (and trying to contact Cleveland so I can get an appointment scheduled.)