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back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

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Janey2
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Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Thank you.  I liked the genetic counsellor and am hopeful they will be supportive - I'd just like to have an answer now but then I'm being impatient!

lizred
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Jane, I've definitely found with a rare genetic condition there is not the straight forward pathway in place (like with breast cancer) and I've had to fight for someone to take an overview of things. When I got my diagnosis the genetic counsellor said she would be a point of contact if things weren't happening as they should but then I saw no evidence of any follow through on that.

Fingers crossed your results are fine or if they do show anything new then there is proper support in place x

Janey2
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Lizred, that's my thought - who will co-ordinate any tests if I get a confirmed diagnosis... I hope you do celebrate biopsy free time, or at least mark it. I've been told between 4-12 weeks, so watch this space! X
lizred
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

thanks everyone, its incredibly touching to have people I've never met rooting for me - what a wonderful forum this is!

Jane - I waited about 3 months for genetic results although the consultant had said she thought it highly likely to be PJS because of various aspects (eg type of polyp) that had already been found. The bit I found difficult was that, after the diagnosis, no-one then seemed to be overseeing my care / surveillance, to the point where I put in a complaint (about that and other aspects) and I now have an appointment with a consultant this week - fingers crossed I'll feel like someone is actually looking after me from then on!

Thanks again to all you wonderful women for your support and good wishes 🙂 x

Janey2
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Lizred that's great to read and thank you for letting us know. I'm still waiting on genetic results - how long did you have to wait? Your update has been very reassuring xx
Jill1998
Community Champion

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Brilliant news!!
Dizzybee
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Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Hi lizred, just saw your post and wanted to say congratulations. I had an abnormal endometrial scan and biopsies a few months ago, and completely fell apart, so I really feel for you. Knowing you have a raised risk makes it even harder to wait for results, why can't hospitals understand? I found out that my biopsy results had been sent to my GP nearly three weeks before anyone sent them to me.

 

But that is fantastic news, I am really happy for you, hugs.

lizred
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Quick update as its always good to have some positive news - I finally heard from the hospital re my results and all the biopsies came back fine so I'm back on the regular monitoring rather than needing any other tests or procedures for now. YIppee 🙂

Janey2
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

I hope the cuppa worked and you slept well. Will definitely keep in touch xx
lizred
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Hi Janey, just had a quick google re Cowdens, lots of similarities with PJS so I'm guessing you may share some of the frustrations and fears about having something thats unfamiliar to most people. Not got the energy to write much now (just having a quick cuppa before bed) but will definitely stay in touch and swap info etc where helpful.

thanks for your replies and support xx

Janey2
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Lizred stick with this site. BC was my second primary. I'm being tested for cowdens/PTEN (also hamartoma issues) and there is nothing out there like this site to offer support. I so hope you get a clear result. I'm back at work and not focussed at all. Will keep everything crossed hugs xx
lizred
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Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

thanks x

Feel really between support - its not breast cancer so not sure if appropriate for this forum; friends trying to be helpful saying things like 'oh its probably just to be on the safe side, I'm sure it will be fine' (are you? How?!), helplines only open through the day (and I'm trying to go into work etc to keep my mind off things). When I rang the GI consultant's sec to ask for an idea of how quickly I might be seen when biopsies are sent as a priority, she essentially said oh he'll write to you with the results or see you in outpatients at some point but he has 100's of patients. I know she is just giving a stock answer, and it doesn't help that PJS is pretty rare so people don't generally understand it but I feel like I'm screaming inside and no-one can hear me.

So grateful this forum is here and there's always someone out there who knows how it feels xx

Janey2
Member

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Lizred Ihave seen you around and about on here and sending a hug. I hope you get clear results. Really rotten time for you xx
ann-m
Community Champion

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

hi lizred,
sorry to hear you're going through this again, the anxiety is so the pits. thinking of you & let us know how you get on if you want to.
hugs
ann x
Jill1998
Community Champion

Re: back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

You poor thing,horrible anxious time.Not surprising you are finding it hard to carry on as normal .After one cancer diagnosis it does make you feel a lot more pessimistic about other worrying symptoms when in the past you would probably have been much more blasé .Fingers crossed biopsies finding nothing to worry about and you can breathe a big sigh of relief.Jill.
lizred
Member

back in the biopsy results cycle, finding it hard to cope

Hi All, people who have been posting for a while may know I had BC (DCIS) last year dealt with through surgery - right mx and left small lump removed, thankfully now on yearly monitoring. However, I was also diagnosed with PJS (genetic condition which increases risk of a range of cancers) - I had a short hospital admission in Jan with digestive problems and a follow up gastroscopy last Sat where they found a new (as far as I know) small lump in my throat, biopsies x3 sent off as a priority and referral to MDT to discuss made without even waiting for the results.

As you can imagine I'm really anxious (ok terrified) and finding it difficult to carry on being normal (work, family etc) while all the time my head is going around what if what if. I know pretty much everyone here as been in that place so just posting for a bit of moral support x