• How long after being diagnosed with cancer before you underwent treatment?

    Asked by LisaR on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    How long after being diagnosed with cancer before you underwent treatment?

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    17 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My original Kidney cancer diagnoses came with the results of the biopsy performed after surgery. They found a tumor on my Left Kidney on Nov 1 1995 and 3 weeks later the operated.

      My advanced Renal Cell (kidney cancer) was diagnosed July 25 2009 and I started treatment right after labor day.

      My Original Triple Neg breast cancer was diagnosed Sept 15 2010 - had my lumpectomy Dec 30 followed by radiation in March/April. There were issues about if and when the lumpectomy should be performed as the tumor was under 1 CM and no nodes involved, and I was undergoing treatment for the Renal Cell, after a 2nd opinion, lots of back and forth and a 2nd mamo -which should small growth the lumpectomy was scheduled.

      I was Diagnosed with Metastasized Breast Cancer May 12 of this year - My oncologist wanted to start treatment May 17 but postponed until May 22 so I could attend my daughter collage graduation on May 18

      over 8 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      My cancer was found during a hernia repair. I had an endometrial biopsy about 2 weeks later, which determined it was uterine. Surgery wasn't for another 3 weeks, as the drs wanted me completely recovered from the hernia surgery. Chemo started about 5 weeks after my hysterectomy, again to give my body a chance to heal. So... cancer initially found mid july, chemo started end of Sept.

      over 8 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      I was diagnosed September 7th & they did all my required testing that month & my 1st chemo started on October 8th. They are doing my chemo 1st, then I will be getting a double masectomy, then radiation after my surgery. They felt shrinking my tumor was a better idea with the chemo 1st, which is working I still have 9 my doses of Taxol to go will finish on Feb. 5th.

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I was told I had cancer by my primary care physcian on November 11, 2011. I saw my Oncologist for the first time on November 14th. Being so early into the process he couldn't tell me much so he wanted me to see a Surgicial Oncologist. The earliest I could get in to see him was on November 18th. After meeting him and having all the blood work reviewed, he knew I had testicular cancer but didn't know which kind. He performed an exam of my testicles and found no tumors so he sent me to a Urologist for an ultrasound. I literally left one office and went directly to another. When the ultrasound revealed no tumors the urologist ordered a biopsy of the tumor in my abdomen. That took place on November 22nd. We received the results on November 30th. I started my first chemo treatment on December 5, 2011. So from the time of diagnosis to the first day of chemo was 24 days.

      over 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had my abnormal mammo in Dec 2011, was officially diagnosed on January 6, 2012, had my bilateral mastectomy on February 3. I started chemo on April 20 and completed it on August 17. My cancer was slow growing but since it had already invaded the ducts the surgeons wanted to move as quickly as I was able.

      over 8 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      December 2011 diagnosed with Breast cancer, had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction April 17 2011 and June 11, 2011 started Chemo.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Well, I'm not sure what you would consider my date of diagnosis. My mammogram that showed some calcifications that might be of concern was in early November 2011. But there were 2 biopsies and several scans before I had a definitive diagnosis. My second biopsy was on December 6 and my first chemo treatment was on December 8. So just about a month from first indication but only 2 days after conclusive diagnosis.

      over 8 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      It all happened pretty quickly, I was diagnosed on December 8th, and had treatment on December 28th. My oncologist actually wanted me to start on the 22nd, but I got her to hold off so I could have a good Christmas with my children.

      over 8 years ago
    • Zappy's Avatar

      I was diagnosed on October 5, 2012 and started chemo on December 7, 2012.

      Had a breast biopsy on September 10, 2012 that resulted inconclusive so 2 weeks later had a lumpectomy (Sept 27). After lumpectomy and diagnosed with Breast Cancer (Oct 5th), I had the sentinial Lympnodes removed and power port inplanted two weeks later (Oct. 18th). Lymphnodes came back clean so treatment was originally scheduled to start November 30th. I had signed up for a clinical trial at that point. Between last surgey and before even starting treatment my blood work resulted in elevated ALT levels and high tumor markers so doctor ordered a CAT scan. CAT scan revealed liver lesions so had a liver biopsy (Dec 5th). I was diagnosed with Metastasized Breast Cancer to Liver (Stage 1V) on December 7th. Started treatment immediately that same on December 7th and was disqualified from the clinical trial.

      over 8 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I found the lump on Oct 7, 2012, saw my dr the 12th, had a mammogram & ultrasound on the 19th, biopsy on the 26th and received the confirmation call it was cancer on Oct 29th. After a chest xray, mri, more biopsies, seeing the surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, plastic surgeon and going through fertility preservation, and receiving back the BRAC-2 positive results my surgery for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction is scheduled for Jan 10th. The medical oncologist said the 8 chemo treatments (once every 2 weeks) will start about 4-6 weeks after surgery. Right now waiting is the hardest part. 23 days and counting.

      over 8 years ago
    • diovino's Avatar

      I was finally diagnosed on march 19, 2012 and then started chemo on March 26. I saw the gastrologist on march 2 by the 22 he had me diagnosed. I have been on active treatment since then. They have switched treatment protocols as something was seen on my colon area. original I was a candidate for stomach removal surgery but after the surgeon and radiologist saw CT scan they knew there was something else going on. I can only recommend seeing a nutritionist and acupuncturist they have helped me with stress and dealing with this disease. Here if you need to chat

      over 8 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      The biopsy results confirmed the cancer on october 26 and my 1st chemo was on november 14. Treatment started with chemo, with future surgery and radio.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I was diagnosed mid January 2012. Two weeks later I had a radical hysterectomy. Four weeks later I started chemo and radiation. I am currently still going through chemo treatment.

      over 8 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      The first time, it was about 1 to 2 months (depends on what you call the date of diagnosis) until my first chemo. This time I got the first indication that the cancer had returned in a more aggressive form two weeks ago yesterday. My initial round of chemo started last week and finished today.

      over 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      It was about 2 months after diagnosis that I began treatment. They had to place a port for chemotherapy and then do the markings for radiation therapy. It did seem like it took too long. 5 months later, they found a lesion in my lung and did surgery about a month later, followed by chemotherapy after a short recovery period.

      over 8 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      Diagnosed July 10, 2012. Lumpectomy August 1. Chemo began August 20.

      over 8 years ago
    • kashubian's Avatar

      Things went very quickly for us. My husband entered the ER Sunday 03 March after vomiting blood that morning and was immediately admitted. He had lost half of his blood and the endoscopy that was expected to find and treat a bleeding ulcer found a tumor at his gastric junction. We had a 4 day stay in IMC while they worked to stabilize him during which he received 3 units of blood, had a port placed, saw the oncologist who ordered 2 units of iron before he was released that Wednesday. We didn't receive the results of the biopsy until after he was released, but with the port placement and the involvement of the oncologist, we already knew what the biopsy results would be. Thursday we went to the regional medical facility for pre-surgical testing, Friday he had a second opinion visit and staging (set up by the oncologist). Monday we reviewed the staging and began chemotherapy. So, very fast, an 8 day journey.

      over 7 years ago

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