I've posted on here a few times now and I have found everyone to be so kind and helpful. My mum had early stage breast cancer in her left breast 5 years ago, this was treated with surgery, radiation, chemo and hormone therapy and she had no further problems (fingers crossed) in November 16 her Gp sent her for a chest X-ray as she had a couple of infections through the year - the X-ray showed a mass in her right upper lung. She was fast tracked for a ct scan and at the appointment with the respiratory consultant he told her he thought it was a tumour but in his opinion nothing to do with her previous cancer. He arranged a PET scan and also said she would have a needle biopsy. The PET scan was over 3 weeks ago now and she hasn't had any results, no follow up appointment or date for the biopsy. She contacted the Hospital a week after the scan and was told the results were not through yet. She seems generally in good health, quite tired, no weight loss, she doesn't have a cough as such but can get breathless when walking in an incline or up stairs.
My question is for anyone that has any experience of a LC diagnosis - does it really take this long to diagnose someone? It has now been just under 8 weeks since her initial x ray and my understanding of the fast track process is that you should be seen by a specialist within 2 weeks, diagnosis made within 4 weeeks and treatment started within a further 4 weeks.... when she had breast cancer she was diagnosed within a couple of days and treated within a month and so this seems to be taking a massive amount of time. The stress and anxiety of not knowing is horrible 😔
Thanks in advance x