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Hi , I hope I am posting in the right place. I have recently noticed some changes in my nipples including bloody discharge and change in shape. Also some mild tucking on my left breast. When I went to the GP he said he said he could feel lumps. I got an appointment within two weeks which I went to today. It was a center that does everything mammograms , ultrasounds and biopsy if needed. When I arrived it was clear they had overbooked and were under some pressure. 2 hours wait later I am seen by a doctor , she examined my breast while I lay down and could feel something so got a consultant in. He said I was to be referred for an ultrasound as I was under 35 so I couldn't get a mammogram. I thought it would be done today but they are apparently only had one technician in to do ultrasounds and all his slots were already taken for the day( this is at 12) . So now I have to wait again for an appointment to get an ultrasound. Possibly 2 -6 weeks. I am not sure why I am posting. I think I am just mad that I hoped I would have some idea what was going on today but I just have confirmation that yes there is something and it needs to be examined further. I knew this two weeks ago. Any advice from anyone who has been in this situation. I have just read up on what happens at a breast clinic and it sounds so different from what I experienced they were almost disinterested because I was younger than 35 and had no family history of breast cancer.
Call your GP and explain you are very anxious, they may manage to hurry your appointment along. Also call the breast clinic reception, explain you are very anxious and say you're willing to come in earlier, and at short notice, if there is a cancellation.
Thank you for replying, do you mind if I ask were you over 35? I could go private I actually spent the afternoon calling but I'm not living in the UK right now and there are only 2 clinics that do private and the waiting is 2 weeks aswell. I'm just confused surely if they were worried about what they felt they would have found a way to fit me in? Or does it not work like that?
Thanks Lem, in my head I'm saying this is not right but I found myself just shocked that I was still no wiser as to what was going on. I haven't slept fully in a few days now so thought maybe I was being irrational. I'm going to call and try be more assertive tomorrow, I just don't want to waste their time either. But I am quite worried about symptoms.
I'm sorry that your experience wasn't great- it's such a worrying time and you shouldn't come away feeling like you have wasted anyone's time.
On my recent visit to the breast clinic I was seen straight away for my ultrasound scan which fortunately was ok so I was sent on my way. They told me not to hesitate contacting the GP for a referral again if I had any more concerns.
I was prepared for a long wait but was in and out in 20mins. At no point was I made to feel stupid. I'm also under 35.
I hope you get sorted soon- you should absolutely call them- an up to 6 week wait is unacceptable. Good luck
It is not acceptable to wait for 2-6 weeks for an ultrasound when you have these symptoms. Please insist that they see you sooner or pay whatever you can afford to see somebody privately. It is most likely nothing to worry about - but if it is cancer then time is of the essence!