These series of post review the initial journey patients who are awaiting test results regarding a possible cancer diagnosis must go through. It’ s almost a rite of passage, if you will.
There you are, moving about your daily routine in a daze. A test was just done to further evaluate something that is abnormal. The result is not yet known and chances are, it could be another week before any report is available. The wait is maddening, but no one seem acknowledge it. The “wait” and the “not knowing” is the absolute worse part of the whole journey. At least at the beginning.
Age does’t matter. Unfortunately, some are too young to know to worry (age 3, 4, 7), while others consider themselves too old to care enough to worry (or wise enough?) But the ones in between worry the most … and arguably with good reason.
And so the wait continues …
I’ve often been asked by family, friends, or associates who happen to find themselves in the waiting posture, “Is there anyway I can do to get the results faster? What am I suppose to do while I wait?” Both are very difficult questions to answer. However, I know they are not the first (or the last) who will experience this process, so thought I would share with you my responses. Lets just address one of the questions today.
Why are the results taking so long?
Patients would all like to know the answers … yesterday. However, your team wants to make sure they are given the correct answers to the question, “Is this cancer? If it is, what type is it?”
These are only 2 of the many possible tests that an Oncologist (cancer doctor) may order to rule out cancer. Be sure to ask s/he what each test is meant to evaluate, for better understanding of the reason for ordering the test(s). Learn about some of the possible test and procedures involved with the diagnostic process in Cancer Course 101.
Life is beautiful and God is awesome. And know, you are pure awesomeness!
Until next time,
Ipsa Scientia Potestas est ——— Knowledge itself is power!
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