Getting a biopsy for a suspicious tumor can cause undo stress.
September 3, 2017 4:16pm CST
The fact is, you go into the office and sign in for your biopsy and they don't tell you anything. After the biopsy, they tell you it might be cancer, but not sure, but that in a few weeks you will be called by your doctor about it. You sit and wait at home worrying hour after hour, taking anti-anxiety medications to soften the blow. After the days have gone by and you finally get a call they tell you it is not yet cancer but might turn into it if allowed to remain so they give you an appointment that might be in 3 months to 6 months, meantime, you figure, well, it could start to turn into cancer in 3 to 6 months. You go to your online medical chart to find out more and it tells you it is this and that but they use complicated technical terms. Meantime, you are worried, distressed and exasperated by it all. Then you get a link to the possibilities. These are not about you specifically but because the link to it is from your chart you start to panic when you read all the possibilities of what if, this what if that. It might spread, it might effect the lymph nodes, they might have to do a lumpectomy or they might have to have to remove the entire breast. Well, my wife started crying and I got upset because she was reading all the what ifs and not the facts. Remember ... the doctor said it might turn into cancer if left there but they intend to do surgery so that means it will get removed and the threat of cancer should go away. But why wait 3 to 6 months? You would have to ask the surgeon that question but then there is no email link to that guy. He is probably busy with other patients and when he finally takes time to do surgery on you well that will be the day you do panic. I love my wife dearly. I am on edge because she is worried about all the what ifs and she deserves to be treated as soon as possible, not 3 to 6 months from now. The fact is, she will probably be okay after she gets to have a surgery done. Meanwhile I will be living on edge for the next several days or months until this is all behind us. Do all doctors make their patients wait this long to find out if they have cancer or just a pre-cancerous hyperplasia? I mean, if they were the patient, how would they feel about this long wait and worry?
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• United States
That sort of thing is why I am not crazy about getting screeings. I got a call from my doctor once at 8am in the morning..supposedly concerned about something, but when they compared it to a previous mamogram it was fine..freak me out why don't you?
• United States
I agree. The long wait causes way too much worry and anxiety for the person waiting for the results. This article gives explanations for the long wait.
The uncertainty you feel waiting for biopsy and cytology test results can cause a lot of stress and anxiety.