It really does seem to vary but the norm is to have your op within around 30 days of diagnosis I believe, Mine was 14 days after. In Somerset we have the Beacon centre at Musgrove hospital and the treatment was spot on, I could have gone Private through my works policy but I would have had to have waited a further week for my op as the surgeon was on holiday so opted for the NHS.
The waiting is so hard but really makes no difference to the outcome, it's the mental side of it that is so brutal and that could really be helped by cutting down on the waiting I agree! Xx Jo
This waiting is shameful on the NHS, I know what your are going through, this was what depressed me more than anything, I had the test done privately and got the results in 2 days, where are you located, I amy be able to help you
Yes the waiting is the worst, I went and had the tests privately and they were none to happy, where are you located, I might be able to help you?
Your are correct the waiting is the worst, what hospital are you with have they told you what the wait time will be, I am asking this because I may be able to help you
Waiting really does suck... decided to phone the oncology department today as it's been three weeks since surgery and I haven't heard anything about my treatment plan yet. Turns out my breast surgeon sent a referral to oncology last week, but the oncologist I've been assigned to has been on leave and hasn't started looking through/assigned appointments to new referrals yet
The wait continues! (as does the cake consumption)
Helenann, having. Breast smaller than the other is not unusual. My cancer, 30mm, did not show on mammograms - I was recalled for a shadow on the left breast: turns out that was nothing but a poorly taken mammogram, and my doctor asked me about the lump I’d had in my right breast for years. She said she wouldn’t be doing her job if she didn’t do biopsies there and then, but stressed at the time it wasn’t, in her opinion, Cancer, and that I probably had a ‘boob within a boob’, quite rare but harmless. How wrong was THAT! The MRI gives your team a 3D picture of exactly what they’re dealing with, and how to best treat it.
So please don’t be too worried (easier said than done) that the usual tests haven’t helped so far: it really is not at all unusual. And try to have something nice to do this weekend...my heart goes out to you because the waiting just seems to consume you so much it physically hurts. x
Hi Nikkit - we seem to be on the time scale. My first visit to the doctor with my concerns was Friday 13th July (with hindsight wish I'd waited until the Monday 😕 ). Then 2 weeks later appointment at the breast clinic on 27th July - loads of different mammograms, ultra sound and the dreaded biopsies. Then back for the results of biopsies on 8th August - informed 2 lumps - 1 deffo cancer and can't remember what was said about 2nd lump (pre cancerous?). Have no idea which cancer I have - sure I was told but think my mind and whole being had switched off at this time - my husband was with me but I think he was probably in more shock than me - so don't think he took much in either. I know words like 'early' and 'treatable' were said and I think I just clung onto that. However, consultant 'concerned' that physical exam did not seem same as what shown up on Ultra sound so wanted MRI to show full extent of what we're dealing with.
She asked had I always had one breast smaller than the other - I said 'no' - didn't even realise that was the case now - is that something to worry about does anyone know - a 'shrinking' breast?
Had MRI on Tuesday and will get my results, like you Nikkit, on Wednesday afternoon.
Keep in touch.
Nikkit, that was my attitude exactly!!! Because mine was low grade I said to the consultant ‘well I guess there are more urgent cases than me for surgery’ and I meant that in kind way..and he said, no all cancer cases are treated the same. Our goal is to get you operated within the month. And that they did, to the day. Once things start moving you be surprised how quick the time goes xxx
Great to hear your doing so well JaneBelinda, I agree all the waiting is worse than the actual op!
We had a post treatment holiday too, just what I needed!! ☀️☀️Good luck with the rest of rads and have a great hol! Xx Jo
the waiting is definitely the worse bit!! My low grade tumour was 30mm, diagnosed the Tuesday after the second May Bank Hol (so...28 May or something?). Op exactly 1 month later on June 28th and I started rads this Tuesday 14 August, which is there or about the standard 6-8 weeks post op. for lumpectomy at my hospital. To be fair 6 weeks post op is perfect for me: I’m fit and healing well, plus they’re getting me done and dusted before my September holiday.
The waiting, post op isn’t fun either and is definitely worse than the op itself 🙂 but you will get through it x
Personally I was back to work Monday after op, driving too. So...four days off counting op day! I’ve been fortunate to be able to do that but was also determined not to let this get me down or rule my life.
Op happens quite soon regardless of size and type, I had a grade 1, 4mm and had mine Two weeks after diagnosis. It does vary obviously but most have it done within a few weeks.
The waiting at this stage does seeem to go on for ever but things do move quicker once you have the full picture, all the best for Wednesday Xx Jo