"Newly diagnosed with breast cancer"

About: University Hospital Of North Tees / Breast surgery

(as the patient),

I have just been diagnosed with lobular breast cancer, which has totally devastated me.

Then to be told I will have to wait nearly 14 days for an MRI scan, then that has to be looked at by the only radiologist consultant; who I was told is extremely busy. My frustration is overwhelming, all the time I know this cancer is growing.

I have always said if I ever found out I had cancer I would rather have a double mastectomy with reconstruction. When I told my breast care nurse she replied this could change on reflection.

I am 45, completely aware of the complexities of such surgery, I don't drink or smoke have a good dietary intake. I would rather just go in, have surgery, have both removed, than waiting for these tests and delay my treatment.

Please can someone tell me where I stand. Surely the white paper no decision about me without me works both ways?

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Response from University Hospital Of North Tees

We are very sorry you're feeling let down by your experience. Scans are a very important part of diagnosis and we appreciate that any wait is difficult, but they are vital to help doctors understand exactly what's going on and how best to proceed. We always discuss future treatment in detail with patients to ensure they can make an informed decision about treatment options and what is the best option for each person as an individual.

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