2-4 hours was about right for my first appointment. Saw the nurse, sent for mamogram & ultrasound, then to see nurse & consultant & had a biopsy (with local anasthetic). Had to wait 2 weeks for results. This first bit where you are waiting to find out what is going on is the worst. Let us know how it goes. X
That is good your appointment has came through so quick!
I have waited almost three weeks for an urgent referral. My appointment is also on Thursday.
I have a 5 week history of having a lump on my left breast with increasing pain. I am worried (You can't help but worry with three weeks waiting and reading different stories) but i have been reasured by the helpline and forum on here. I am 23 years old.
With my appointment i got a letter telling me what to expect...
Mammogram, ultrasound and fine needle aspiration and results the same day...Depending on results I may need a core biopsy but hoping results are good. Appointment will be 2-4hours.
The waiting is the worst, I am counting down the days.
Good luck x
Welcome to the forum where I'm sure you will find a lot of support from fellow members.
I have attached a link to our publication "Your breast clinic appointment" as I thought it might be helpful:
Very best wishes
This is a worry for you. I have learnt a very hard lesson this past week and that is that worrying is a waste of energy but that is very easy to say and everyone told me not to worry until I knew anything.
Last year I had a lump. I am 42 and was 41 at the time. They gave me a mammogram and ultra sound because they found losts of cysts. All turned out to be just plan old cysts. The whole process took 20 minutes and I was out.
Last week I went back for a referral too (there are several situations when it will be an urgent one. This depends on how old you are etc) For most urgent is within two weeks. This time round I had the cysts aspirated and then a follow up mammogram and ultrasound. They were suspcious this time but all turned out fine and they are normal lumps. I have an additional issue to deal with as they found microcalcificaitons and changes from my mammogram last year and want to do a more localised mammogram and biospy but that is personal to me.
What age are you as this very much depends on what happens? Also, I have heard of one-stop shops where they do a triple test, mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy if they see anything they need to do this on all on the same day. Again, I think this varies from hospital to hospital. Be prepared to not have answers at every visit if you need more than one. It doesn't necessarily mean it is bad news. It's just that the process seems to take so long if your results have to be seen by a team of specialists etc.
In the meantime, I have found great comfort in reading other peoples stories and there is alot of support on this site and the Macmillan site too. Really amazing people going through terrible illnesses but still have time to help people like us through limbo land.
Good luck and keep posting on how you get on.
I found a lump last week and went to the doctor. She sent an urgent referral to the hospital and I have to be seen on thursday. I tried to find out what will happen when I'm there ie will I have a mammogramm, have a biopsy, or what? But all she would say is that it is up to the consultant. Can anyone tell me what happens in the first appointment, I would be so grateful, thank you x