• suggestions on what I can do to cheat the medical time line I'm being forced to fallow.

    Asked by lynturner1321 on Thursday, September 11, 2014

    suggestions on what I can do to cheat the medical time line I'm being forced to fallow.

    I discovered changes in existing nodes as well as a few new nodes in the surrounding area; last but not least about a half inch away I found a large hard, painless and non movable lump. I have my appointment for an ultrasound on Friday and after that I have to have a biopsy and then I can be referred to an oncologist. All these appointments could take months before getting a diagnosis. I fear that with the very high amount of family history of cancer that waiting that long could be too late. I watched my mother go threw XXX with t cell acute lymphocytic leukemia and refuse to hop out the way she did. If this is cancer I wanna nip it in the butt asap to avoid chemo/radiation. Any suggestions on how I can skip this adventure of referrals and appointments and long waits that could possibly affect me severely if I indeed do have cancer? Are there any avenues I can take to just get to the point and find the answer?

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    • cjs7159's Avatar
      cjs7159

      Keep calling & ask if they have any cancellations. The more persistent you are the more likely they are to see you sooner, if only to stop you from calling. Good luck in your journey.

      about 5 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      So right now, you don't even know if this is cancer. Let's hope it's not. But in case it is, cjs7159 gave you great advice - keep calling and checking for cancellations. Let them know you are happy to drop everything and come in as soon as they have an opening. I got in faster that way.

      Also, you've made an assumption that this could take months however medical personnel generally want to get you in and diagnosed as quickly as possible if they believe you may have cancer.

      Also, I don't understand what you mean about your Mom and that you "refuse to hop out the way she did". What do you mean? Did she COP out - and refuse treatment? Just not clear what you mean. Thanks.

      about 5 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Just hang in there! Thank you so much for your sweet answer! Hopefully it will be nothing at all, but honestly the waiting was harder on me that much of the treatment was! I don’t know but I think that my imagine was worse than the reality, I also lost my mother to cancer back in 2001 but you should know that they are light years ahead now of where there were then. Chemo, radiation, and surgery aren’t the only options anymore. They now have immunizations, targeted therapy and immutherapy which are now being used for stage IV patients first but many are no longer in trails and are becoming regular treatment options. Personally I was terrified of going through chemo but it was so easy compared to what my mother went through, and I had 4 years of it! It wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared thank God! And now I am on a targeted therapy drug which is much easier indeed....so I thank the chemo very much for keeping me alive until something better came along. They are really on the edge of huge gains in cancer treatments and cures for many of them. Ever since the DNA code was broken it opened many more possibilities than were even dreamed of before, and there are many other discoveries as well. So cross that bridge when you come to it and get all the information possible before you make any decision, but hopefully that bridge isn’t on your life path at all! Good luck and God bless!

      about 5 years ago

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