Prior to joining PinnacleCare, I had been diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer that had spread to my liver. I had already undergone a colectomy and had made contact with oncologists in Cleveland and in New York to treat the cancer in my liver. I had so many contacts, at so many hospitals that I was overwhelmed and became more confused with each conversation I had. I needed help.

The opinions I originally found on my own spread clear across the spectrum, but with PinnacleCare’s connections and research, I am confident that I have the best physician and treatment available.

I enlisted the help of PinnacleCare who identified another oncologist at a leading Center of Excellence to provide yet another opinion. All of the oncologists agreed on one standard chemotherapy treatment that I should receive, but opinions differed greatly on whether I should undergo surgery.

The oncologists in Ohio and New York said I would have microscopic cancer cells throughout my body, so there was no point in surgery because I’d have to resort to chemotherapy in the end. Another oncologist immediately referred me to a surgeon who recommended laparoscopic surgery on my liver.

With such unclear opinions, PinnacleCare made contact with a world renowned physician at a Center of Excellence in Baltimore, who is nationally recognized for digestive and liver surgery. He told me to get a high-quality CT scan before I started any treatment. After a couple months of the chemotherapy treatment, he would reassess the cancer lesions to determine whether I was a surgery candidate.

As soon as he had confirmation, he contacted me to inform me that he did in fact believe I needed surgery, but recommended the traditional, open surgery and not laparoscopic surgery for me. He explained that with my history of hepatitis and chemotherapy, both of which are toxic on the liver, and with the lesions in such hard-to-see sections, there was no way to accurately tell how much of the liver he could remove without actually seeing and examining it.

The opinions I originally found on my own spread clear across the spectrum, but with PinnacleCare’s connections and research, I am confident that I have the best physician and treatment available.

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