Ratings for Dr. Mary L. Stewart
My mother was placed on harsh treatment which did not extend her life a moment, made her very last days horrible and without dignity. She refused to talk to family (sisters, daughter and son) about diagnosis and care, saying my Mother was her patient and not us and she was very busy caring for her patients. With family members sitting in the waiting room of ICU, she told my mother she had terminal cancer with none of us present. This was some years ago but I will neverever forget the way any of us, including my Mother, were treated.
I would not recommend Dr. Mary Stewart. I was not the patient, but was the partner and primary caretaker of the patient. Over the course of my partner’s illness, we in general had very positive experiences with doctors. However, our experience with Dr. Stewart was very negative. We did not feel we could trust the care we were receiving at Dr. Stewart’s office to be up-to-date or reliable. We did not feel we could rely on her or the office to communicate effectively with the specialists we saw in the lower 48. Although she was kind to my partner, I felt she was cold and dismissive of me – an experience I’ve never had with any other doctor. Also, as long as I'm writing: If you or someone you love have a rare or difficult-to-treat cancer, it is my strong belief that better treatment can be received at a major cancer center in the lower 48, if only because they will have seen more of it. I don’t think this means a person has to spend all his or her time there – but deciding on the course of action there and returning to loved ones in Alaska with a doctor who effectively confers with other doctors is what I would tell anyone I loved to do.
I received chemotherapy treatments for six months from March 1989 until August 1990 following a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer in both breasts. And I was under Dr. Stewart's care during that time and for some years before relocating to another state. My survival is no doubt due to the healing mercy of God but Dr. Stewart's good care and her chemotherapy nurses did make a difference. Obviously, I am still here and for 76 years old in fairly good health as well. I am forever grateful! Am guessing her children who were little then have already graduated college. If I lived in Alaska yet I would drop by and give her a big hug!
Serious lack of compassion. Doesn't follow up on important matters. Constantly feeling left in the dark regarding treatments, test results, ect.. She never gave my mom an official prognosis, or treatment options. Keeps prescribing her morphine, even after being told she's hallucinating and can't walk. It doesn't seem like she hears anything we say. And, right after being told my mom has pancreatic cancer, and I was asking questions, she told me "don't sweat the small stuff".
Dr. Stewart has an excellent reputation, but all test results were not explained and we had to do our own research. Does not spend much time, and seems in a hurry to get through with the visit. Not very comforting once you are told you have cancer. You want answers and explanations, even if you aren't at a serious phase of cancer.
Dr. Mary L. Stewart's Credentials
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- University Of Minnesota Medical School (Grad. 1977)
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