• How long did you undergo testing?

    Asked by logisticsjoe on Monday, March 11, 2013

    How long did you undergo testing?

    It's been about a month now. My wife has had scopes and CT &MRI as well as a PET scan. Still awaiting results from PET. Anyone else w CUP, I ask how long did your testing go on before you started a regimen of treatment?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      It was a little less than a month from the time I found out I had cancer to the day of my official diagnosis. They moved pretty quick but not all facilities are as fast. Sounds like they have all of your scans done that you need. Have they mentioned anything about a biopsy? I would think they would need to do that before beginning any type of treatment.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Was there a tissue collection from a biopsy? Did it go to a pathology? This shoud not take long at all. It could be done in hours. This will tell you the type of cancer.

      The PET might be used to see if there is spread however, a PET is very tricky because it picks up alot of false positives with inflamation.

      To be honest what matters is the personality of the cancer and not nessasarily its first origin.

      over 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Joe, the issue with CUP is that before they can begin treatment they need to know what kind of cancer it is, thus they are trying to figure out where it started. The scans look for all of the possible starting locations and any wher else that is might have gone. I see tht there was a biopsy of her liver. That should have given them a good idea of what knid of cancer it is. Based on what they are doing I am guessing that the cancer is not liver cancer and they are trying to find out if it is any where else to determine how they start treatment. A one month wait to start treatmebnt with CUP is not too unusual as it can take a while to do all of the scans to prove it is or is not anywhere else. I would guess that they will start with chemo soon. Good Luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My first test (routine mammogram) was in Oct. My first treatment was in Dec. So about 6-7 weeks.

      over 5 years ago
    • logisticsjoe's Avatar

      Thank you all for your replies, I truly appreciate them. Yes, 2 biopsies were performed in 2-3 weeks because the first did not have good cells. The second it seems was a better specimen.
      CAS1, it takes a couple days for results at our facility.
      Either way her physician wants to begin chemo on the 19th, with or without a primary known.
      It has been just over a month since we first found out.
      By the way, great site, and writing has always helped me, either in my quest for my degree, or life in general so this is a great medium.
      Kudos, thanks to all. I will be happy to network, converse, correspond with anyone.

      over 5 years ago

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