Just to say that if you do choose to have some surgery/treatment privately and some on the NHS please try to ensure that the different consultants/departments/hospitals are talking to each other. A friend of mine assumed his private consultant who he paid to carry out his op for bowel cancer would also liaise with the NHS hospital where he opted to have chemo. This didn't happen and if he (the patient) hadn't chased it up I believe the chemo would never have happened.
Conversely, don't assume that subsequent treatment will happen more quickly because you have had your op privately (i.e. more quickly than you may have done under the NHS). You may find yourself back on the NHS timescales (i.e. the 'clock' may be set to start running as per diagnosis date) so have gained nothing time-wise on the overall timetable by going private for your op. Worth checking out the timescales with the relevant private and NHS providers.
I suppose what I'm trying to say is that, if you have private health insurance it may be beneficial to stick with the private system rather than switching between private and NHS. I appreciate that some people pay out of their own pockets to have their op privately but the subsequent cost of chemo and/or radiotherapy would be prohibitive.
Personally, I cannot fault the timescales with which I was dealt with by the NHS hospital where I was diagnosed but I realise this is not the case will all NHS trusts and all grades of cancer. My mass was large, high grade and node involvement was clear from the start so my case was prioristised accordingly. I can understand that if delays are causing anxiety and private treatment is an option then that's a sensible course of action for some people.
Hi I am new to this website. I was diagnosed on 20th Aug had lumpetomy on 4th Sept then told on 17th Sept that now needed Mastectomy this being done tomorrow 25th. Very quick diagnosis and care. Hope all goes to plan for you.
I live in London and I got my diagnosis on 15th August. I was given a date 2 weeks later for an MRI. I decided to use my private health insurance. I saw a consultant on 18th August and had my MRI done the next day. I got copy of my biopsy results and a disc of my mammograms from breast clinic to give to my private consultant. I had WLE and SNB on 28th August. I start my radiotherapy on 24th September. For me the waiting was unbearable and using the private health insurance helped me feel more control of events. I had a feeling my biopsy would indicate cancer so I had already researched a consultant I could see privately. I live in London, not sure if location makes a difference.
I asked my consultant the first time I saw him if it would be worth going private for my MX and he said the same as yours you don't get seen any quicker. I was back to see the consultant the following week and he told me he would not be able to operate for another month and because he then new I had private health care refered me on to someone who did private, this would have been on a Wednesday, I saw the private consultant on the Thursday and had a MX the following Tuesday.
I am going to have my chemo through the NHS because if I did that privatly they would do it in my own home and I don't want home to feel like a hospital, also I think the support on the chemo ward would be benefial to me.
Will go private for my reconstruction (which is way down the line) as the consultant has already agreed to do this for me.
If you have private health care use it all my scans and biopsys were given straight to the private consultant. The worry and stress the whole process creates is bad enough and the sooner you get seen the sooner you get better x