• 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
    • moonmaiden's Avatar
      moonmaiden

      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
      grandmajean5

      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
      AlizaMLS

      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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