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Jul 25, 2019 03:40PM
I went to Fox Chase Cancer Center, because I had gone through their Risk Assessment program in 2004 after my first time with breast cancer.
Here is the pros and cons.
Hospital billing, while slow, no worry (or at leas a lot less worry) that someone on your team won't take your insurance.
Always a well qualified doctor available, no matter what the area of cancer.
The teams really DO communicate with each other.
In a quiet neighborhood, and has ample free parking (2 parking garages) Also indoor patient drop off area.
Staff is super friendly
They have mental support, which I used, a wonderful social worker, Denise! She was awesome and helped me more than I can say!
Cons: If you want a BMX and are not BRCA positive, go elsewhere. Even having breast cancer twice and coming from a family where my mother, two of three sisters and a cousin on my mom's side were diagnosed with breast cancer, because I was BRCA neg. my surgeon (Dr. Daly) refused to remove my "healthy" breast. I am still struggling with that and regret I didn't go elsewhere for a second opinion. In the end, the decisions we make are ours.
That said, my doctors have been very good, but I had my ups and downs with some. I really like Dr. Whitaker, my MO. I have been referred to other doctors there for gastroenterology and I am having a new Risk Assessment done since things have greatly changed since 2003, but I won't see them until August/October.
They do use NP's and PA's and don't give notice that you are seeing one of those and not a doctor. I don't know why they aren't up front about it because I had a wonderful NP when I went for my pre-biopsy appointment and I had a PA for most of my post surgical PS appointments, also well qualified. In other words, I was happy with the care, but felt I should have been told when I would see a PA or NP instead of the doctor. All appointments list as if you are seeing the doctor.
The billing is antiquated, no online or telephone payment system.
Some of the schedulers are not the greatest and have made mistakes that I thankfully caught before they caused a problem.
I don't think anywhere is 100% great. To those who have had 100% awesome experiences somewhere, I say great, but I don't think that is the norm.
6/6/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/24 nodes, ER+/PR+
12/4/2018, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)