How do i access treatment

My dad has lymphomas in his armpits and groin. The first of which the GP thought was a cyst. It was removed several weeks ago, and a couple of weeks later my dad was told it was metastatic. He was sent for colonoscopy and CT scan three weeks ago but he's still not been examined by a doctor. Meanwhile there is a tumour growing out of his armpit where the lump was removed, not covered with skin. It's about 7cm wide and three cm deep. The GP is saying they won't treat the secondary cancers until they find and treat the primary cancer, but I've been told by the nurse specialist in the hospital that the earliest he will be seen by a doctor will be four weeks after the Ct scan and about 7 weeks after the lump was removed. The tumour has been seen every week by the practice nurse who has been dressing it because its weeping. My dad has been prescribed anti biotics. Is this normal??? Should I take him to A&E? I want him to be physically examined and seen by a cancer specialist. 

  • Hello

    I am sorry to hear that Dad was has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer recently. It’s clear that the wait to see a cancer specialist doctor for an examination is feeling such a long time when so worried. I am glad you have contacted us on the Online Community.

    It’s good to hear you have been in touch with Dad’s healthcare team about your concerns EdithS, but it sounds as if there is a real concern around whether the current support of antibiotics and practice nurse attention is what should be expected.

    Please know with you wondering whether you need to take Dad to A&E, if you are worried about any concerning symptoms you can always contact the NHS 111 number for non-emergency medical guidance and support. They can also help connect you with any necessary care. The NHS website has more information here on the 111 service and when to attend A&E.

    It sounds as if it may also be helpful for you to have a chat with one of our Cancer Information Nurses on the Macmillan Support Line EdithS. They would be able to talk through Dad’s diagnosis and what his team have said so far, giving as much information and support as they can in relation to  accessing treatment and what care and support he should expect to receive at this stage.

    To contact our Information Nurses Team, you would just need to call the Macmillan Support Line on: 0808 808 00 00, select ‘1’ for the Support Line and then ‘3’ for the Information Nurse Team. Alternatively, you can speak with them via web chat, just select ‘questions for a nurse’ as your subject.

    I can hear this is feeling incredibly worrying right now Edith and a lot to cope with, and I am wondering who you have supporting you through right now? Please do know you can also contact us on the Support Line for support for you too. We are here to provide emotional support and a listening ear as much as you need, as well as support with any practical, financial or work related concerns. Do keep in touch going forward.

    Take care,


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