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I'm posting here on behalf of my Dad as I'm quite concerned about waiting times etc within the NHS.
My Dad has not had a diagnosis yet. He had a Cystoscopy last Thursday (7th March) which found a 'sinister red patch' inside the bladder. It also found a lump on the prostate.
Yesterday (and only because we got in touch with the Macmillan support Nurse) we were told that he has the Prostate biopsy on Monday and then the CT scan the following week.
No news on the pre-op for the bladder biopsy or the biopsy itself. My question is, is this normal?? The M Nurse said that she expected it to be arranged for after Easter. That's a 4+ week wait from the Cystoscopy appt.
I was always under the impression that things like this were quite quick within the NHS.
Thank you for reading,
Thank you for your replies...
Dad hasn't had the bladder biopsy yet, he had his first cystoscopy last Thursday (7th March) and following this they want to do 2 biopsies (prostate and bladder) .. we have appts through for the prostate and the CT scan but nothing about the bladder and this is my concern, that the Macmillan nurse says that the bladder biopsy will be after easter she imagines.
My concern is; is it normal to wait roughly 4 weeks to have a biopsy performed when they found a red patch at his cystoscopy?
Thanks hun xx
I am recently going through a similar timeline as your dad. I had a flexible cystoscopy on 22nd Jan and they said I needed to go back for a GA rigid cystoscopy for biopsies. This was done on 1st March after appointments for an ultrasound scan and x-ray. I go for my results/consultant clinic on 2nd April.
I find the waiting between appointment times difficult because, for me, I just want to know where I am at with this thing! When I spoke to the specialist nurse at a pre-assessment session prior to the rigid cystoscopy she said that if my condition was more serious she would not be messing about filling in forms at that stage. I guess that was some kind of comfort (?).
Waiting is difficult but try to keep positive and I hope everything goes well. Best wishes.
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