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Old 10-04-2018, 08:19 PM
 
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I need to start (chemo) treatment in for breast cancer. I just moved here from out of State and my previous Dr didn't know anyone here to refer me to. I'll need to pick a health care facility, an Oncologist and a breast surgeon. I'm open to anywhere in Colorado so I'm looking near Denver and Colorado Springs.

Does anyone have experience with Dr's in either town?

Please PM me if you don't want to answer here.
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Old 10-04-2018, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Laura Pomerenke and her team at UC Health Breast Surgical Center. They are great to deal with. Minimal BS, straight up answers, they won't sugar coat it, but they won't let up either.
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:35 AM
 
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I'll call their billing department tomorrow.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:41 AM
 
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If you're in Colorado Springs, I'd suggest not going to Denver for your treatments, just because the long drive will wear you out, complicate appointment scheduling, etc. I don't have any specific doctor recommendations, but something in the UCHealth system would be my first suggestion too. That way if you do need to consult with a specialist in Denver at some point, you're already in the same provider network.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:57 AM
 
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Default Open to either place

I was open to either place think I have decided on Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker. I'm leaving Nebraska today to make the drive. Have you heard anything about the Hospital in Parker?

I think Denver and Colorado Springs may be to crowded and hard to get around - but then I've never been to Colorado Springs.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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UC Health in Fort Collins is also an option depending on where OP lives. I have a friend who went through Stage 2 or 3 breast cancer treatment at UC Health (and even appeared in one of their TV commercials).

Last edited by bluescreen73; 10-05-2018 at 09:14 AM.. Reason: Re-read and realized OP isn't in NE anymore.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:46 AM
 
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Default OP Here

I'm sorry for the confusion. I came to Nebraska 2 years ago on vacation. I was a passenger in a car accident and got a tbi, so I had to get an apartment here for the duration of my physical therapy.

Last week, as I was packing the car to move to Colorado, I felt the lump ad in the last 4 days of testing, yesterday I was told I have stage 3 aggressive breast cancer.

Since I already moved out of my place here, I'm just going to still drive to Colorado tomorrow. In the meantime, I have to find a breast cancer hospital. Denver is too busy for me to navigate and I found one in Parker and one in Colorado Springs and one in Aroura. At this point, they're all the same to me.

Now, we have a thunderstorm so I will have to wait till tomorrow.

I'm sorry these pose have been confusing. I'm just in shock and have to get on the road - and find a hospital that will take me.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Well, I would think your landing spot once in CO will be a big factor in choosing who to go to. Unless this decision is driving the location.

Aurora and Parker are part of the Denver metro area, so while separate entities from Denver proper, they are adjoining Denver and appear continuous. Often you may not know when you enter or leave a separate city in the Denver metro area unless you are paying close attention to the signs on the side of the roadway.

From Nebraska, Ft Collins is your first metro area, then Aurora, then Parker, then Colo Spgs. Colo Spgs, while the 2nd largest city in the state, is very easy to navigate. If you limit yourself to Aurora or Parker, they can be similarly easy, but again, the address of your domicile can be a major factor.

You have my sympathy for dealing with such a major life issue in the middle of a move. Is staying in Nebraska is not an option at this point? Finding housing in CO will be a very nearly impossible task if you do not already have something lined up or know people you can stay with.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:29 AM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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If Denver is too busy for you, I'm thinking you may have a hard time dealing with Aurora and/or Parker - as TCHP suggests ... it's close to being all the same in the Denver metro area. It's just busier up there. If you're stressed and not feeling well, you may find the Springs easier on yourself.

Do you have health insurance? If so, why not make a call and see about hospital/doctor recommendations?
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Old 10-05-2018, 12:07 PM
 
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Default I Went With Parker

TCHP, mtngigi, bluescreen73, and dr.frog,

Thank you both. I called the The Cancer Center at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker. She was very nice and helpful. We set everything up and she gave me the names of the breast surgeon and oncologist and said I will have those appointments on Wednesday.

And now I read your posts and worry I made the wrong decision and should have gone with Colorado Springs. I guess I would be worried either way about making the 'right' decision.

I appreciate your help in helping me flesh this out and actually do something instead of go round and round about it. I did call my health insurance - Medicare - and they didn't say much and I asked the Drs and the Surgeon here and they seemed clueless as to why I would want a recommendation.

Thank you for your well-wishes.

**But, if you heard something bad about the one in Parker, let me know.
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