Waiting for test results

Started by anonymous, May 07, 2015
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anonymous

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May 07, 2015
I get frustrated with having to wait 2 or 3 weeks to hear the results of my tests; be it a biopsy or scan. I had a scan recently and have to wait 2 weeks to hear the results because my doctor is out of town for a week. What's the big deal that only he can talk to me? Surely there must be other medical personnel with enough education to read the scan and make a phone call to me. I would like to make some summer travel plans, but need to know what is going on with my cancer and possible more treatment before I can make any plans. A few years ago I waited 3 weeks to hear whether or not I had cancer because the doctor was not available. I became very angry with someone who answered the phone and said things to her that she probably had no control over, but it did provide some results. Within an hour, a doctor on duty phoned me advising I did have cancer and needed to follow up with my regular doctor.
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redrock

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May 07, 2015
I get frustrated with having to wait 2 or 3 weeks to hear the results of my tests; be it a biopsy or scan. I had a scan recently and have to wait 2 weeks to hear the results because my doctor is out of town for a week. What's the big deal that only he can talk to me? Surely there must be other medical personnel with enough education to read the scan and make a phone call to me. I would like to make some summer travel plans, but need to know what is going on with my cancer and possible more treatment before I can make any plans. A few years ago I waited 3 weeks to hear whether or not I had cancer because the doctor was not available. I became very angry with someone who answered the phone and said things to her that she probably had no control over, but it did provide some results. Within an hour, a doctor on duty phoned me advising I did have cancer and needed to follow up with my regular doctor.
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Emma

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June 07, 2015
Redrock, I am sorry to hear about your frustration with the way the medical system works, and am certain that you are not alone in feeling this way. It is confounding to all of us that test results can be made available to practitioners almost instantly, while conveying to patients the information they provide can take so very long. Surely doctors and their staff know how anxious we all are to learn what is happening with our bodies and lives. I cannot imagine why things work this way and would appreciate input from anyone who knows what's behind it. I realize that we live in the "busy age," but surely everyone in the medical arena is aware of the urgency factor that automatically accompanies any critical test result. Waiting three weeks and then having to take strong action just doesn't seem right to me, when the doctor likely already had the information for which you waited, and it was probably quite time-sensitive.
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