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Cancer scan - called into Oncology unit for results - bad sign??

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ClaudiaSchiffer Thu 09-May-13 09:40:26

Hi there, I have no experience of this so wondering if anyone has any advice. Also I'm living not in the UK (although did until recently, but not particularly au fait with NHS Oncology protocol).

My 69 yr old mum has mysteriously been losing weight for the past few months, probably lost a couple of stone. Her GP referred her for some scans (an endoscopy and a CT Scan) which she had a couple of weeks ago. She left the scans on the understanding that all was ok as far as they could tell at the time, and the hosp would only call her if something was wrong.

Anyway, I've just spoken to them and it appears that the Unit has had a cancellation and mum has been called in this morning.

I'm now 12,000 miles away thinking something is pretty bad. Is that the case? Does anyone know Oncology protocol - is there anyway they just want her in for a nice chat? <clutches straws>

I'm starting to fret so would welcome any advice . . .

Pandemoniaa Sat 11-May-13 01:09:41

The fact that your mum has put some weight back on is a good sign too, Claudia. Unfortunately, my DP's prognosis is not particularly wonderful right now. We've just had another urgent appointment letter which advises him to "bring someone with you as there is a lot of information to get through". But he's being very stoical and crossing each bridge as it comes. It is actually our grown up dcs who are struggling most at the moment.

digerd Sat 11-May-13 07:47:06

Good your mum has put some weight on.
My DH was diagnosed in 1994. He had not lost weight , but was told it was too advanced to be cured as had spread to his brain. Chemo and Radio was his only chance to get into remission, which began 2 weeks after the diagnosis.
He did go into remission, but unluckily, 18 months later it changed its type and came out in his liver and by the time that was found he had lost 2 stone.
I lost him 16 years ago sad
Cancer treatment has improved and progressed since then.

Wishing your mum all the best of luck.

gingeroots Sat 11-May-13 09:22:02

Pandemonia so sorry your family are in this position flowers

digerd so sorry to read about your DH too .

But you are right ,cancer treatment very fast moving .

digerd Sat 11-May-13 09:57:31


Thank you. Wish I'd had MN as support back then.


That is what they did with my now 84 year-old neighbour, even though she'd had breast cancer and a hacking cough. But she was lucky, and it never got any bigger and that was years ago. And she still has her hacking cough, but never smoked in her life, and is as fit as a fiddle.

Hope it's the same for your mum.

Footle Sat 11-May-13 10:39:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

digerd Sat 11-May-13 11:42:31

It was in Germany, and the "Professor" specialist told him after they found the 'cyst' during a bronchial endoscopy, before the biopsy had been tested, to prepare himself. It was in Feb 1994.
His words were" 90% of cysts in the lungs are malignant." The word cysts referred to any kind of lump, rather than use the frightening word 'tumour'.

It could be that other forms of cysts have developed in the lungs since then that are benign. Allergies for example, asthma, change in the environment.

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