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Mammogram test results

Ede
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Hello, 

I had my yearly mammogram check up on the 9th November , 2018 after being diagnosed with DCIS in 2015. I have not received my results and apparently no results have reached the hospital either. I am frantic with worry that something is wrong.

 Is it the case that the longer the results take, the more serious the possible diagnosis? 

Thank you.

Pat. 

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi Pat,

Thanks for getting in touch with us.

It’s natural to worry that something is wrong when you’re waiting for results from tests. Waiting 4 weeks for your surveillance mammogram result does sound a bit long as most results would be available within 2-3 weeks. However, there could be reasons such as the radiology dept being short staffed and there may be a backlog of tests waiting to be reported. Or it could be that the secretaries who type the reports may have a backlog too.

Another reason could be that the radiologist is waiting to view your previous mammograms first and they might not have been available. They do this as they need to compare your recent mammogram with your previous films to check there is no changes.

In my experience the longer you wait for results wouldn’t indicate a more serious possible diagnosis. In fact, it’s the opposite usually results that indicate a cancer diagnosis would be fast tracked and reported sooner.

If you still have the contact details for your breast care nurse you can give her a call. She would be able to give you an indication of why results are taking this length of time. Or you could contact your breast surgeon’s secretary at the hospital to make enquiries about what is causing the delay. She would also be able to give you an indication of how long you will likely have to wait to get results.

If after speaking to someone and you still don’t feel any further forward, then if you live in England you can contact the hospital PALS department who can make enquiries on your behalf.

If you think it would be helpful to do, you can call our Support Line and talk to one of our nurses about how you’re feeling.

Best wishes and take care.

Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.