January 3rd I was looking and feeling very well but out of the blue was given a grim prognosis of HCC with PVTT and a few months to live without treatment. After considerable efforts to get help last week I was offered curative surgery at the end of March, but ‘provisionally’. This surgery crucially depends on a test and a scan. Well, the test ordered at MDT meeting on January 17 was referred back by the radiology department and appears lost in the system and a CT scan is booked for 3 weeks from now. Is it normal for tests to take so long when we are on death row? Has anyone had any luck getting a CT scan with contrast privately? I’m pretty much treating it like a job phoning and writing to consultants (secretary’s), my GP and hospital departments but no response except people saying they will look into it. I need these tests, because if I’m not suitable for surgery I have very little time to come up with a Plan B. I thought - possibly stupidly - that after a cancer diagnosis treatment should begin within 31 days. It’s now 34 and I’m nowhere.