You probably are saying - how will I really know?
Well, if you keep copies of all your test results, you should be able to tell by looking at the results and comparing them to the previous ones. My previous oncologist was what I call a "5 minute wonder", the doctor was in and out in 5 minutes, when asked a question about my cancer markers - I was told they were fine. Now having all the copies of tests done, I thought I must have missed a copy, because I could not find a current report on my cancer markers. I asked the office girls to find me the last cancer marker that was done, since I didn't seem to have a copy. Low and behold...... quite remarkably they couldn't find one that was newer than one year old.
I was FURIOUS! Me who keeps records of everything had missed it, and the doctor kept telling me it was fine........ well, I was what you would call
MAJORLY PISSED OFF.!!!!! I decided to go back and look at all my bloodwork, and found that some had not been done timely. I felt a 2nd opinion was definitely in order..... going to another oncologist (my current one), I expressed my concern about my markers, and he immediately ordered all kinds of bloodwork which had not been done. Unfortunately, when the bloodwork came back, my cancer markers had jumped quite a bit from a year ago. Now I was REALLY MAD!!! I went back and expressed my feelings about being lied to, and my first oncologist then became very defensive, and was upset because I had gotten a 2nd opinion. Tough!!!!!
After the "negative attitude" that doctor exhibited, I immediately changed oncologists. My message to you all is. Unless you keep track of your own numbers, and dates things were done, you are at the doctor's and staff's mercy. NO OFFICE PERSON OR DOCTOR IS GOING TO BE IN CHARGE OF MY LIFE!
Had I not found out that a year had transpired between cancer markers, and had gone along believing that I was getting the best treatment I could get. Who knows if I would now be headed toward my 9th year anniversary of survivorship 8/28/2009!!!!! Again - being totally informed may mean your life. If your doctor gets upset with questions about tests, etc. maybe it's time for a 2nd opinion - I'm so happy that I took charge of my own life. You need to also.