Dr. Needles is a go! He met all requirements and with some extra perks. One perk being the MRI location option. St. Johns Mercy has a medical facility off site that does scans / tests. It is really close to our home - less than 8 miles from home. It is actually the same location where I had my very first CT scan in October. My bloodwork can be done at that same location or the doctors office. Another perk was in regards to the emergency exchange - you actually are calling one of the oncologist cell phone numbers after hours not an answering service.
A thorough neurological exam was performed. Dr. Needles has great relations with Dr. Linette or "Gerry" as he would say. They work closely together in regards to patients and often refer patients to one another. Dr. Linette had already sent a note to Dr. Needles in regards to my care without me officially asking. It is also good to note that Dr. Needles is on the board at Barnes hospital as well.
As for the wait and see if cancer returns approach till I take the Temodar - he has absolutely no problem with it. He did ask for the list of what I am doing. Looking it over he said "I am not aware of any contraindication and certainly would not pass judgement on what you are taking." He mentioned something as well about a certain disease that has been found to have significant help / cure in what the Chinese use. I didn't write it down what he said as I felt it did not pertain to brain cancer but it was encouraging. Dave & I are content with this decision. I am elated! Today I was told that MoDOT will be shutting down different sections of hwy. 40 for a total of two years not one.
Dr. Needles does want me to have my April MRI at Siteman. He suggested that we not stick to the every 3 months approach and wait after each scan to make that decision. He wants to be very proactive in the event of growth and might suggest every two month scans. I jokingly told him that is not a big deal as we have already maxed out for the year with insurance. "Order as many as you like!" I will officially switch over mid April. I will have my June MRI with Dr. Needles as my oncologist.
Today was a good day. On to spring break fun!