Waiting for results


I've been experiencing abnormal bleeding for over a year (currently at 4 months!) Along with pain and bleeding during and after intercourse and hip pain that is sometimes so intense I can't move... My smear test in Feb detected abnormal cells and a HPV positive results.

Had my colposcopy on Friday 10th andJuly had 2 biopsies taken... One of the cervix and the other one a sample of my womb lining... Coloposcopist didn't really say too much other than they would let me know of the results and it could take up to 8 weeks!

With all the symptoms and the results of my original smear test I'm obviously worried sick and was just wondering if anyone could tell me if cancer had been found would they have told me by now or would there still be an 8 week wait?

Thank you in advance.

  • Hi Kazzyazzy,

    Welcome to our online community and thanks for getting in touch.

    It sounds as though you’ve been through such a difficult time which understandably has left you feeling worried and confused.

    We have The NICE Guidelines (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) which are used by all healthcare professionals, to ensure cancers are diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.

    For this reason, it would be unusual for a consultant to suspect cancer and not arrange to see you back at clinic sooner. Biopsy results usually take up to 2 weeks and the consultant would normally arrange to see you then if there was a suspicion of cancer.

    However, to save you going through this worrying time and given that abnormal cells were detected, it may be worth speaking to your GP about your concerns as sometimes they have access to hospital test results. Otherwise you can contact your consultant’s secretary or phone PALS.

    It may also be helpful to give one of our specialist nurses a call. That way we can take time to go over any concerns or questions you are having. We are always happy to help and could maybe advise you further on what steps to take if you’re continuing to wait on answers.

    I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email or phone. The Macmillan Support Line offers practical, clinical, financial and emotional support. You can call us free from landlines and from most mobile phone networks* on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Sunday, 8am – 8pm.

    Best wishes,