Phoenix Posted March 17, 2004 Share Posted March 17, 2004 Greetings, all! I'm a newbie... a CAT scan taken at the end of February showed a grape-sized mass in my Mom's lower right lobe. PET scan on 2/27 (results communicated 3/1) confirmed it is "active", and therefore probably cancerous. Mom's lung specialist wanted the lobe removed by the end of that next week (3/12), but the surgeon ordered a ton more tests to ensure there was no evidence of a metastasis from another spot & that she was strong enough for surgery. So now we’ve got a list: blood work, pap smear, bronchoscopy, colonoscopy, mammogram, x-ray, and a cardiac stress test. All but the colonoscopy should be complete by the end of this week, but it may take yet another week for the results of the bronchoscopy. We’re looking at over a month in between finding the mass and deciding on a treatment plan! Is this typical? I am terrified! I thought that we are in a race against a metastasis, and it is taking so long to even get to a plan for what we’re going to do! I’m sorry if I sound panicked, but I AM. I would be grateful to hear of your experiences with how long it takes to get tests ordered, taken, and obtain results – and if anyone has any suggestions as to getting them done more quickly. Thank you so much ~ Phoenix Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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