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Recommendation for Onc Northern Nevada/CA area

Forums General Melanoma Community Recommendation for Onc Northern Nevada/CA area

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    washoegal
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    First the good news!  I am now 8 months NED!  Yahoo!  Quick review:  Diag Jan. 2010  3.1mm tumor RT , March 2010 SNB 2 nodes microscopic amounts of cancer, complete Lymph Node Dissection.  No other treatment.

    First the good news!  I am now 8 months NED!  Yahoo!  Quick review:  Diag Jan. 2010  3.1mm tumor RT , March 2010 SNB 2 nodes microscopic amounts of cancer, complete Lymph Node Dissection.  No other treatment.

    My original Onc, who was in Santa Monica California, is now at Yale.  I followed up with the Dept head who is a brilliant man and has written tons of paper on melanoma.  However, he is not the doctor for me.  The nurse came in with the good news, the doctor follows up with  " if you survive melanoma" and starts giving statistics about recurrence rates, etc.  Boy, how to ruin a happy day! 

    So…to make a long story short, I don't think this is the guy for me.  If I need someone fighting for me, I'd like someone a little more positive.  Would like some recommendations:  San Francisco, Santa Monica, UCLA area, all OK.  Unfortunately, Nevada has no Melanoma specialists.

    Thanks,

    Mary

    Stage 3

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      Becky
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      I have heard good things about Dr Kashani and Dr Minor at the California Pacific Medical center in San Francisco. Dr Kashani used to be at UCSF…they have a good repuation as well.

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      Becky
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      I have heard good things about Dr Kashani and Dr Minor at the California Pacific Medical center in San Francisco. Dr Kashani used to be at UCSF…they have a good repuation as well.

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      dian in spokane
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      what about salt lake city?

       

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      dian in spokane
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      what about salt lake city?

       

      Hopefully Janner will see your post, otherwise, please check some of these other posts for Janner's email addy, or her profile

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      Janner
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      There is a melanoma specialist in Las Vegas.  He used to be in Salt Lake and moved to a new cancer center there.  Wolfram Samlowski.  Very well respected when he was here.  There are melanoma specialists in Salt Lake although it sounds like CA might be closer for you.

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      Janner
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      There is a melanoma specialist in Las Vegas.  He used to be in Salt Lake and moved to a new cancer center there.  Wolfram Samlowski.  Very well respected when he was here.  There are melanoma specialists in Salt Lake although it sounds like CA might be closer for you.

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      Suzan AB
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      Dr. Daud is my Oco doctor at UCSF.  He and his staff are wonderful!  Dr. Sabet is a wonderful Skin doctor, not an Oco doctor.  I use my local skin doctor who works closely with Dr. Daud and Dr. Sabet.  I haven't had a recurrence on my skin since 1/08.  Presently waiting on Dr. Daud's review of my most recent PET scan and possible node involvement in my right lung.  But I will cross that bridge when I get to it on Monday.  Going fishing today!

      Good luck on finding the right doctor for you!

      My best, Suzan AB

      Stage IV Warriorist

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      Suzan AB
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      Dr. Daud is my Oco doctor at UCSF.  He and his staff are wonderful!  Dr. Sabet is a wonderful Skin doctor, not an Oco doctor.  I use my local skin doctor who works closely with Dr. Daud and Dr. Sabet.  I haven't had a recurrence on my skin since 1/08.  Presently waiting on Dr. Daud's review of my most recent PET scan and possible node involvement in my right lung.  But I will cross that bridge when I get to it on Monday.  Going fishing today!

      Good luck on finding the right doctor for you!

      My best, Suzan AB

      Stage IV Warriorist

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      rj
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      Glad you're NED!!  Dr. Daud is great at UCSF, and if you ever need a melanoma surgeon, you will never find better than Dr. Leong.  He used to be at UCSF and is now at California Pacific. 

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      rj
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      Glad you're NED!!  Dr. Daud is great at UCSF, and if you ever need a melanoma surgeon, you will never find better than Dr. Leong.  He used to be at UCSF and is now at California Pacific. 

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      EmilyandMike
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      Hi Mary

      Unfortunately the experts don't always have a good bedside manner.   As much as we like our current oncologist personally, he is not a specialist in melanoma.   

      In San Francisco, I recommend Daud at UCSF, Minor at Cal Pacific, and Spitler at Nor Cal melanoma center.   Last year, Cal Pacific recruited all of the top melanoma docs from UCSF.

      In So Cal – Steven O'Day at the Angeles Clinic.

      My husband has seen Daud at UCSF on a referral from his regular doctor and they are quite nice.  He now has the opportunity to switch from our local oncologist to Dr Minor at Cal Pacific so we are going taking advantage of that.  Minor has a number of stage IV survivors that I know of…due to his biochemo recipe.  

      Best,

      Emily 

       

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      EmilyandMike
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      Hi Mary

      Unfortunately the experts don't always have a good bedside manner.   As much as we like our current oncologist personally, he is not a specialist in melanoma.   

      In San Francisco, I recommend Daud at UCSF, Minor at Cal Pacific, and Spitler at Nor Cal melanoma center.   Last year, Cal Pacific recruited all of the top melanoma docs from UCSF.

      In So Cal – Steven O'Day at the Angeles Clinic.

      My husband has seen Daud at UCSF on a referral from his regular doctor and they are quite nice.  He now has the opportunity to switch from our local oncologist to Dr Minor at Cal Pacific so we are going taking advantage of that.  Minor has a number of stage IV survivors that I know of…due to his biochemo recipe.  

      Best,

      Emily 

       

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      Napa K
      Participant

      Over the last eight years (stage IV), I have visited/been treated by a majority of the Nor/So Cal melanoma docs (and a handful of experts on the other coast).  With that, my votes would go to Dr. Minor at CPMC (a ++ with Dr. Kashani there as well now) and Dr. O'Day at Angeles Clinic; all have been incredibly helpful, thorough, supportive and compassionate on this very long ride.

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        Suzan AB
        Participant

        Wow Kari,

        Is that 8 years as Stage IV.  Wonderful!  What treatments have you had?

        thanks,

        Suzan AB

        Stage IV

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        Suzan AB
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        Wow Kari,

        Is that 8 years as Stage IV.  Wonderful!  What treatments have you had?

        thanks,

        Suzan AB

        Stage IV

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      Napa K
      Participant

      Over the last eight years (stage IV), I have visited/been treated by a majority of the Nor/So Cal melanoma docs (and a handful of experts on the other coast).  With that, my votes would go to Dr. Minor at CPMC (a ++ with Dr. Kashani there as well now) and Dr. O'Day at Angeles Clinic; all have been incredibly helpful, thorough, supportive and compassionate on this very long ride.

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