It might be worth giving your GP surgery a call on Monday to see when the referral went off and they might be able give you the telephone number of the breast clinic where you are being referred to give them a call, you could then check to see how long you can expect to wait. This would give you the opportunity to let them know your holiday dates just in case it should come through whilst you are away.
Hello and welcome. If you are referred under the urgent rules, you should have an appointment date that is within 14 days from the date the referral is received by the breast clinic. You will have read that some ladies attended a one stop clinic and others, like myself, it was at a breast clinic where they did mammos, ultrasound and took biopsies and I had to go back the following week for the results.
Please bear in mind that not all lumps are cancerous, there are a lot of other breast conditions that it could be which are benign and you will read many many posts on here where ladies have found lumps and they have turned out not to be cancerous. It is a worrying time waitiing and we all know what you are going through. You could always ring the breast clinic later next week if you have not heard anything to check to see where you are.
One thing do not google generally for bc as there is a lot of out of date and misinformation on there.
Sending you a hug
Hi Kmx1, the hospital works within NICE guidelines for all procedures. I think that you will find all Hospital Trusts, however, work at different speeds depending on the number of referrals, but they still need to be within the guidelines. I have an excellent GP and I got my urgent referral to the hospital within 8 days. It operates a one stop shop clinic, so I was processed from triage to mammogram to ultra sound then multiple biopsies, and was told within two hours it was almost definitely cancer. I then waited three weeks for the path results , which turned into four as we had a holiday booked and were encouraged to take it to set me up for what was to come. I had WLE with full LN excision five weeks from clinic appointment. Now half way through chemo.
I was just over 2 weeks from going to gp to hospital appointment. I was there last Thursday and had mammogram, scans, biopsys both from breast and lymph nodes plus chest and liver scans plus bloods! All a bit much to take in . I have a bone scan on Tuesday and should get my results on Thursday. All very quick but the waiting is a nightmare. My consultant told me at my appointment that he is 90% certain I have cancer. Good luck hope all turns out ok for you.