• Is it common not to know what your treatment plan will be 3 weeks after surgery?

    Asked by anna on Thursday, September 29, 2011

    Is it common not to know what your treatment plan will be 3 weeks after surgery?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • Rita's Avatar

      Have you gotten your pathology results back from your surgeon and/or oncologist? If not - yell and scream - do whatever you need to do to get them. Once you've got those results, your treatment plan will start to come together.

      over 9 years ago
    • anna's Avatar

      we have the pathology report now waiting for the blood test and oncdx whatever test

      could not believe these test were not done yet

      over 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      This is a catch 22 sounds to me like they are waiting for a test to come back and there is a test out there that takes 2 or more weeks to get back if u had a mast then ur dr is focusing on healing and when u go in for ur check up u should have ur plan and know what comes next I had my mast 10/30 and started chemo 12/29 i was to start chemo 12/15 but ice storm prevent that. good luck

      over 9 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar

      I hope you have the test results by now. I was recently diagnosed as Invasive Ductal BC, the most common one. I am waiting for HER2 result.
      Let us know how you are doing.

      over 9 years ago
    • ktsmomus' Avatar

      Anna, doctors forgot to get my oncdx or whatever test done and when I should have known whether i needed chemo , i have had to wait 3 weeks for the results of the test. I also have to wait on radiation because of uncertainty of having to do chemo first.
      The only thing doctors have put me on so far is the Femara as a Hormone therepy. Dec. 1st will do a bone density test and they advanced my appt. date from Dec. 13 to Dec. 6 to meet with my oncology dr. I am very scared of all this waiting.

      over 9 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      It took a month for me.

      over 8 years ago
    • RMR's Avatar

      I agree with the answers already given. However i do have a question. Is it three months from diagnosis or surgery? I think its optimal to start treatment within three months if surgery. Once all the pathology reports are in your treatment plan will come together. The last test you referred to is the oncotype DX test. So congrats you must have an early stage cancer. This test determines if and to what extent you would benefit from chemo. I had my mastectomy 5/11/12 and started chemo in late July 2011. If I were you I would pursue your oncologist for resolution sooner rather than later. Good luck to you! Here's to beating BC!!!

      over 8 years ago
    • RMR's Avatar

      Oops just saw that I was thinking three months not three weeks. I would still pursue your oncologist because you are questioning it. Good luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • janstar47's Avatar

      Must be common. From diagnosis to settled plan it was a lil over month.
      I found waiting to get the nod to begin a bit nerve wracking.
      Good luck on your treatment. Message me if you wish to
      Talk. Janstar47

      over 8 years ago
    • moonmaiden's Avatar

      I thought I knew that I would have a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy followed by radiation at the time I had my surgery. You won't know anything definite until all the pathology results are in. Mine changed my treatment plan altogether, and now I am in chemo and a whole bunch of other stuff I wasn't expecting.

      over 8 years ago
    • grandmajean5's Avatar

      My second surgery was Nov. 20th and I'm still waiting for my treatment plan. There is a possibility that I'll need chemo but have to wait for the results of the oncotype test. I called the oncologist yesterday and the results are in but he had gone home without calling so now I have to wait until tomorrow. Very frustrating. Once I get the answer, I expect to start treatment within a couple of weeks. I find you really have to bug them. I keep remindin myself that I'm not their only patient but I also wish they would understand the anxiety we go through while waiting for them to get back to us.

      over 8 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Based on my own experience have to say yes (but that's my experience). I'm being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC and I'll be seeing one of their oncologists on 2/25. (I'm also getting a 2nd opinion from my own hematologist (oncologist ) as well-I see a hematologist because (lucky me) I'm also a Lupus patient. However, my Oncotype (genetic test that I generally recommend that most Stage I patients request) as it predicts into the future what the likelihood of a recurrence will be, just came back with good results, so I can cautiously say that it's unlikely I'll need chemotherapy (I did have a unilateral simple mastectomy [not nipple sparing, but I have my pectoral muscle]).

      There are many tests that Pathology runs on your tumor once it's removed. The results of these tests take time. Your doc isn't just being lame by not phoning with results. The Oncotype results can take up to 3 weeks. I don't know your Stage, so it's up to you to ask your breast surgeon if she/he thinks an Oncotype is a good idea for you. I wish you the best of all possible outcomes!!...;)

      about 8 years ago

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