Jan 6, 2017

Waiting Time For Treatments After Cancer Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with cancer takes quite a toll of its own. Now, after this, if a person has to wait weeks just to get an appointment and then weeks more to receive results, stress levels are sure to escalate. To make the frightening ordeal a little less daunting, it helps if you know exactly how long you will have to likely wait for test results and the gap between treatments.

Getting the Tests

 Most types of cancer develop gradually over the years and make it impossible for scans to reveal them until they have grown quite a bit. There is the risk that the cancer may have spread to other parts of your body like the CT scan, MRI and liver scans. It is very important for doctors to gather as much information about cancer as they can. This helps doctors find out what stage of cancer a person is in. This helps the doctor decide which treatment would work best for someone.

The sad part about getting cancer treatment is that you have to wait for weeks to get the appointment for the tests. This is because there is pressure on the local hospital because of all the people needing certain forms of tests. Special scanners like PET and MRI are available in larger hospitals. With this you need to use another hospital for the scan. This increases the length of time that you wait.

If you are visiting a specialist radiologist they will simply type up a report and hand it to the cancer specialist you are seeing, who will then give you the results. If you do not hear anything after two weeks of the day of your test, you can always ring and check if your results are in yet.

Starting the Treatment

Of course, it does not make sense to wait for starting your treatment after you receive your diagnosis. In an ideal world, people will see that surgery takes place right after. Most surgeries for cancer are urgent or semi urgent, and depending on the timeframe, need to be completed somewhere between a month and 90 days time in Australia. Prompt surgery is always best. After surgery, patients go through adjuvant chemotherapy to minimize the probability of recurrence. However, with breast cancer or instance, most patients have to wait a month to 40 days after the surgery to get their chemotherapy started. It is believed that over 40 days delay of the therapy can lead to lower benefits of the treatments.

Fortunately, people have more than one option for their treatment. Radiation therapy for instance, can serve to assist the major treatment patients may have chosen, or even the major treatment itself in certain cases. Its track record is pretty impressive, curing over 40% of people suffering from cancer. Another benefit that makes radiation therapy popular is that it is comparatively less time consuming than other treatments, while having fewer side effects too.  



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