• how long after being diagnosed did it take for your dr. to get going on a treatment, seems like and eternity for my husband,concerned wife!

    Asked by Debra123 on Friday, October 5, 2012

    how long after being diagnosed did it take for your dr. to get going on a treatment, seems like and eternity for my husband,concerned wife!

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello. With my dad's first lung cancer, things moved along fairly quickly despite having a little setback with pneumonia. They did an excellent job. Within a couple months he went from diagnosis to the operating table. Those were busy months, with scans, biopsies, E.R. and hospital stay for pneumonia, the surgeon, the pulmonologist. So, maybe time seemed to move along faster. Once they have completed the radiology and pathology reports, and have a diagnosis, you can really ask what's going on as far as treatment. If you feel that someone is dragging their feet, for sure ask them what's happening. How long has it been? How long until the next step?

      about 4 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      There could be a few reasons for the slower pace.. perhaps, as FreeBird stated, they are still working on pathology, imaging, etc. Each type of cancer is very different, and while one may require a flurry of fast paced intervention from the get-go, others are more indolent and don't need the frenzy.

      No matter what the case here, there's no need to be in the dark-- there's nothing wrong with asking questions.. this is a confusing time, and speculating is no way to get a true answer. I am certain the doctor has an inkling of an idea about what may lie ahead!

      For me, things started off in a frenzy. That's definitely what a fast-growing cancer will get ya.

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      It took 2 months from the time of diagnoses to the date of first contact with my Oncologist. After that it was a couple weeks to schedule the first surgery, month later second surgery.
      Greg P

      about 4 years ago
    • azcat60's Avatar

      Hi...I am 52 and was diagnosed with Stage IV Adenocarcinoma September 10th. I had my first chemo treatment the next week. My tumor had almost doubled in size in 6 weeks. The time inbetween my CAT Scan and PET Scan. Best wishes for you, your husband, and your family. As others stated ASK questions. You have a right to know!!!

      about 4 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      It does seem like an eternity to start treatment when you find out that you or someone you love has cancer. Try to trust that the doctors have your best interests in mind and they are going to everything they know how to help your husband. At the same time, you need to be your own advocate. If you feel like things are taking too long, let the doctor know. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, the doctor couldn't get me in for a pre-surgical consultation for two weeks. Having worked on a doctor's office before, I knew that some people don't show up for their appointment. So, I got to the doctor's office in the morning and told them that I was just going to wait until someone no-showed. It took a couple of hours but the doctor was able to see me that day. Tell your doctor that you feel things are taking too long. They can either try to get you in sooner or reassure that waiting isn't going to hurt. Hang in there Debra...you are going through the worst part right now. Lots of positive thoughts being sent to you and your hubby! Good luck!

      about 4 years ago
    • Debra123's Avatar

      Thank-you so much for the input, that is exactely what we did yesterday, made an appt to see the Dr. so he can answer our questions about the time span,and they probabaly have a good reason but I want to make sure everyone is on the same page because as most of you know it seems as though you see alot of P.A's thru this, and sometimes they all dont have the same thing in mind.

      about 4 years ago
    • PinkRibbons' Avatar

      I was diagnosed Sept 23, had lumpectomy Oct 7, radiation Nov 15 and chemo began Dec 24th. I was very happy with how things moved along. Im sure the journey will begin for your husband soon, make sure he has a great team of doctors and he will do great!!

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I'm not sure what you mean by an eternity - with a cancer diagnosis even a day can seem like forever. 1995 3 weeks from the the time they find the tumor in my kidney until I had a nepherctomy. 2009 6 weeks from diagnosis of advanced renal cell carcinoma until I started oral chemo - the oncologist wanted to run additional tests to help guide treatment
      2010 3 month between diagnose of stage 1 invasive ducal cell triple neg breast cancer and lumpectomy and radiation - remember I was under treatment for renal cell at the time, and there was disagreement about how "aggressive" to treat the new cancer which was "statistically" less lethal.
      May 2012 1.5 weeks from the time I was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer and chemo infusion (for both cancers) - it would have been a week, but my daughter graduated college the day after they wanted to start treatment, so they postponed it 3-4 days.

      about 4 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar

      Two days after diagnosis I met with surgeon. Tumor was not operable so he sent me to Medical Oncologist within a week. Two weeks later I had a hepatic artery infusion pump implanted and began treatment. I have a very aggressive type cancer and that pump saved my life. I thought things moved quickly, but I remember my husband being anxious.

      about 4 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      3 weeks from my diagnosis of lung cancer to my 1st chemo treatment. Was on chemo for 6 weeks to shrink the tumor down to a size safer for surgery. 2 weeks between final chemo treatment and surgery, so 11 weeks from diagnosis to surgery. But 3 weeks from diagnosis to start of treatment.

      about 4 years ago
    • bizopzine's Avatar

      It seemed forever!!! Hubby was diagnosed in early May of this year from the tumor showing up on a CT scan. It took forever to get a biopsy scheduled -- Finally got the biopsy but didn't actually get in to see the oncologist until the end of June. Then with more scans, radiation meetings and set up, a lung test, and then 4th of July, he didn't actualy start treatment until July 9. So it was close to 2 months and it had substantially grown. The good news though is that he is going in for his last chemo starting on Tuesday. His interim CT scan looked great! Your husband can beat this thing! My husband is and he's 80! It's a nerve wracking process for both you and your husband though. Ask lots of questions. Be certain you are comfortable that he is getting the best treatment available. If you think not, go someplace else! And above it all, take care of yourself. Your husband needs you to be strong!

      about 4 years ago
    • Martin's Avatar

      Hi, my name is Martin
      I was just diagnosed 6 months ago. After the diagnosis everything was very dificult to understand. I took a while for my doctors to start my treatment (at least it looked a lod to me). You feel like nothing is happening and that nobody is doing anything to help you stop the desease. But once they start everything starts like to moving. I hope they start treating you soon, it helps a lot.

      about 4 years ago
    • mccanbl's Avatar

      Hi Debra 123 The day I was diagnosed the Dr. said I could start chemo the next day or wait up to 2 weeks, I opted to start the next day as I wanted to start fighting as quickly as possible. I would think that your Dr. is going with your best interests but sometimes they don't. Going to another Onc and getting a second opinion is another option. Keep on top of things and ask questions. You have a right to know Good luck and blessings

      about 4 years ago

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