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Re: Recurrence – 18+ spots

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      Hi Lzzie, so pleased so many have pitched in with information..and that you found this site in the first place. Has your Mother even seen an oncologist in BC? The system is quite differnet here than in the states, you see your GP for Dx, then a surgeen, then after pathology, usually will be sent to the cancer agency to see if they can do chemo or radiation. If neither are appropriate, then you are usually turned back over to your GP for management. The system does not provide adequate care or attention for cancer parients, just treatment. The fact there are no Mel specialists here doesn't help either. There is an oncologist who works independently in Vancouver at Lion's Gate Hospital..Dr.Klimo..many people see him when they are not satified with the BC cancer agency. It is great you have stepped in as an advocate for your Mother…you need to be strong and assertive and don't take "no ", or "wait and see" for answers.  Please keep in touch with this bulletin board. Please use Kathy Barnard's name when talking to Dr.Smylie..that will get you some attention. She is a Vancouver mel paitient who sees Smylie and he takes her to seminars etc, She has a great mel  survival story..don't give up hope..but you are going to have to work diligently and quickly to get some attention for your Mother…Cheers Joan

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