I had surgery for Ovarian Cancer Oct. 2010 and completed chemo in April 2011. I waited 3 weeks to see the first doctor I was referred to and was disappointed that he had not reviewed my CT scans, etc. prior to my appt. Hence, I was given the standard "two year" life expectancy speech. I was devastated and ready to research hospice facilities.
My sis-in-law, a nurse and cancer survivor, suggested a second opinion with Dr. Robert Morris. She was impressed by her research on him, including a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center ( one of the original three comprehensive cancer centers ) and his position as multidisciplinary leader of the gynecologic oncology team at Karmanos.
I waited only a week to get an appt. at Karmanos and brought my test reports and xray CD's with me. Dr. Morris reviewed everything immediately. He said that he would push hard with treatment as it was the best chance of beating cancer. BEATING cancer! He did not promise I would beat it, but he gave me HOPE that I might. No "two year" speech. This was a doctor who was ready to help me fight! His surgery schedule was full, so he offered to come in early on a Saturday morning to do my surgery. Because I was so "clean", I did not have to endure the grueling intra peritoneal chemo as was recommended by the first doctor, just the standard 6 round chemo treatment. I was also presented with an opportunity to participate in a two year trial of an oral medication to help prevent recurrence. I jumped at it!
It is now 4 years since my surgery. I have surpassed the two year expectation of the first doctor I consulted and continue to see Dr. Morris on a 3 month basis. He is as delighted with my progress as I am, and it is always a pleasure to visit with him. Oncology check ups can be anxiety provoking, but his calm, gentle, and caring manner helps keep that in check. He is an experienced and talented clinician, but it is his personal warmth that evokes such strong devotion in his patients. I've chatted with enough of them in his waiting room to know.
My second grandchild will be born this Spring. Life is so very good. Thank you, Dr. Morris!
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