Time from diagnosis to treatment NHS

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all doing ok. I would like to ask how long have you had to wait for treatment after being diagnosed on the NHS in the UK?

I really hope you can help Pray

Thanks Sarah 

  • Hi Sarah. 
    My timeline is in Wales so worse than in England

    Many folk are faster, some slower  but since Covid things have really got slower  

    Self diagnosed second week in August 

    Urgent referral by GP which got “lost” so first hospital consultant appointment 27th September. 


    First radiotherapy treatment 12 December 

    From biopsy results to first RT 6weeks

    Dani 

    Base of tongue cancer. T2N0M0 6 weeks Radiotherapy finished January 2019

    I wrote a blog about my cancer. just click on the link below 

    https://todaymycoffeetasteslikechristmasincostarica.com 

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  • Hello Sarah

    diagnosed beginning February 2022 - underwent surgery 21st March 2022

    Best of luck

    June

  • Hi Sarah , my hubby was diagnosed March last year and surgery beginning of May last year. Wishing you all the best xx

  • Hi Sarah

    T2N1M0 HPV16+ Tonsil Cancer

    Diagnosed Feb 10 2023....Chemoradio started April 24

    Peter

  • Hi, Sarah, I was diagnosed in the middle of July 2017, had my tonsils out middle of August, then started 6 weeks RT and chemo 2nd October.

    Ray.

  • Hi Sarah

    Diagnosed with T2 N1 M0 HPV 

    Tonsil removed 26/02/2024

    Neck Dissection 25/03/2024

    RT commenced 13/05/2024

    RT ends 21/06/2024

    All in all from GP appointment and 2 week referral - just over 5 months. 

    Best wishes to you going forward

    Dawn 

  • Hi put on cancer pathway 14 May 2018 saw consultant 29 May 2018. Diagnosed 6 June biopsy 19 June oncologist 23 June. Mask made 4 July treatment started 14 July finished 31 August 2018. Scans mri fitted in between 6 June-19 June. 

    Hazel 

    Hazel aka RadioactiveRaz 

    My blog is www.radioactiveraz.wordpress.com  HPV 16+ tonsil cancer Now 5 years  post treatment. 35 radiotherapy 2 chemo T2N2NM.Happily getting on with living always happy to help  

  • I think most of us have muddied the water with what happened before diagnosis....me included.

    Seems to be around 4-6 weeks from biopsy result to beginning of treatment whether surgery or definitive RT.

    Hazel, miraculously, achieved three weeks

    Dani 

    Base of tongue cancer. T2N0M0 6 weeks Radiotherapy finished January 2019

    I wrote a blog about my cancer. just click on the link below 

    https://todaymycoffeetasteslikechristmasincostarica.com 

    Macmillan Support Line - 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week between 8am-8pm

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  • Hi Sarah

    The timeline depends on many things, but just the timing of biopsy, then results and finally the MDT can put an additional 2 weeks into the process.  Then there is a very careful planning process to go through to make sure they do it right and not miss the target with radiotherapy.

    In my case the process would have been relatively swift in the 3 times I have been treated aside from self imposed delays for existing holidays and wanting to see Christmas through before treatment.

    In my last cycle I was diagnosed on 15th November, then scans etc, went on holiday and to a conference, met my tertiary team on 19th December, mask made on 22nd December, PEG fitted on 4th January and treatment started on 8th January.  Previous cycles have been similar, even during Covid.

    Peter
    See my profile for more details of my convoluted journey
  • Hi Sarah

    My location is in East Sussex. I was referred by my GP to ENT in April 2023, whereupon l had a tonsil removed for histology. I was initially told there were irregular cells but no need for treatment. A subsequent MDT meeting resulted in a call for a second opinion & l was diagnosed with Tonsillar cancer ( HPV+ ) in June 2023. Treatment commenced in the beginning of July. My GP recognised it was problematic immediately & the MDT did its job in challenging the initial  histology. Thereafter everything moved v quickly.