• Treatment delay

    Asked by Grampy on Friday, May 30, 2014

    Treatment delay

    I had a semi-routine CT scan done and large masses were discovered on my kidney and lung. I waited 2 weeks to see my urologist who referred me to a kidney cancer specialist. I waited another 3 weeks to see the new guy, who wants a better CT scan plus a bone scan. The new scans were scheduled for 4 weeks later. It will soon be 9 weeks since the masses were detected and still no firm diagnosis and no treatment of any kind. Many people (including several other physicians and nurses) have told me that this kidney guy is the best around, but the delay seems overly long. Is this normal?

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    9 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I went to my primary care doctor at the very end of October 2012 for something totally unrelated. I was a first-time patient. She detected a knot and had me getting a CT that same day. As soon as she got the results, she set me up for a PET scan.
      That took a few days while she got insurance approval. I had the scan and waited about a qeek for her to call to tell me I had lung cancer and that I had an appointment the following day with an oncologist. My first chemo treatment was on 12/5/2012. It took about 5 weeks from discovery to treatment beginning.

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      There is TIME as the cancer probably has been growing (If It's Cancer) for many years. BUT be an advocate and don't be afraid of making your Docs Angry. Sometimes we need to be pushy and if they get mad so be it. They make enough money so don't worry about it.
      If THEY Had cancer they'd want action too...ugh!

      over 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had a long delay from my initial consult to surgery (about 3.5 weeks). My gyn onc reassured me that the wait wasn't making the cancer any more advanced than it already was. I do believe that we have cancer long before we have symptoms and seek treatment, so a few weeks or even months probably does not alter the outcome. But, I know you're anxious to get something going.

      over 5 years ago

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