Caro - yes, the clock should still be ticking. I have just looked it up as didn't know the details (it's not something I have to deal with in my job), and I think the target it for treatment to start within 2 months of the referral being received, and within 31 days of a meeting with a consultant at which a treatment plan is agreed. I guess that if the consultant felt that having treatment ASAP would make a difference to outcome they'd do their absolute best to make sure it happened. There can be delays for things like specialist scans, and in cases of complicated tumours like oesophageal there is a lot of work-up required as the surgery is massive and carries big risks, so would only be done if they really think it's going to be curative and is in the persons best interests. I think there have really been huge improvements in the way cancer treatment is delivered, but it's also got so complex that there are a lot more steps involved in making sure each individual person is getting what's right for them. If it comes to it, then having a contact at the marsden can only be a good thing, and she should be able to point you in the direction of the right person to talk to.
There is definitely a balance between being assertive, and over the top, and I think it can be quite hard to strike sometimes, but I get the feeling you'd get it right. Being articulate always helps, and being able to clearly explain your concerns and worries, and what you'd like to see happening. The breast cancer services tend to be pretty well set up, and as you've already found they're quite efficient, so hopefully you won't have anything to worry about - on all fronts! You may get answers sooner by phoning, but I suspect they'd be extremely reluctant to tell you anything over the phone, so you may be better waiting until you go back to clinic - and there is a delay in the way they have to process biopsy samples so I doubt it would be back today. They probably also discuss all cases in a multi-disciplinary meeting to work out what treatment plan they'd offer if necessary, which might be another reason it seems a long wait - but would mean that all patients get the answers they need in their clinic appointment rather than having to wait again. He some of that makes sense!
14 days is right Caro - they call it a 2 week wait referral - and basically the clock then starts ticking and they have to get any treatment that's required started in a certain amount of time. It's certainly massively improved care for people, but is quite difficult to deliver. Glad you're feeling a bit better today and I hope the rest of the week doesn't drag too much.
I think of hegs all the time for some reason. She had a melanoma that had metastasised and was in her lymph nodes. That's bad news, and pretty fast bad news too, but she obviously didn't want to say that here. I can't even begin to imagine how awful her situation must have been but it makes me weep just thinking about it. Whatever news you get Caro will hopefully be many times better than that - and I know we're all thinking of you and keeping everything crossed for you.
Camlo hope your husband's appointment is ok. If you don't hear soon, definitely chase it up. Worrying times all round.
I went for my run this evening in my barefoot shoes and it felt easer than at the weekend. The really positive things is that the tight pain I've had in my hamstring for months hasn't been there since my run at the weekend. I hadn't thought about it until this evening, but the pain has been worse after every run I've been doing, so maybe was actually being caused by my cushioned shoes that my legs weren't used to after wearing flat shoes all the rest of the time - I had (obviously wrongly!) suspected it was the barefoot shoes I was wearing all the time that was causing it!
Oh Caro, that is all kinds of awful. As the others have said, we're all here for you, and all fingers crossed that the news is good. Are you going back to the hospital for the results? I can ask on a doctors forum I use what the usual time frame for a result is if you want? Let me know through a message here on or Facebook if you want me to try and found out more info - it's not something I know anything about but I should probably have access to someone who does. Stay busy and hug your family lots and try not to imagine all sort of worst case scenarios until you know what you're dealing with. My thoughts will be with you this week.
Turbo - you'll be fine! I think actually that the 18 month age gap is probably a lot easier with an older child as well than it would be if you only had those 2 (if that makes sense?!). Isabelle can be a big help when she wants to, and keeps an eye on things if I have a shower etc. And I rarely have to do much in the way of entertaining them as they all sort of play together, and O just follows along!
RF - mine are vivobarefoot trail shoes, but I really got them because I loved the colour. I don't care at all what my running shoes look like but I got these primarily to be my casual where everywhere shoes and once I'd seen them I knew they were the ones! CC has recommended a good website in the past - sportsshoes.com - which has some good offers if you can find what you want in the right size. I also have some really comfortable merrell ballet flat style shoes which are the other shoes I wear all the time. In fact, bar the odd pair of 'smart' shoes for work or for wearing with posh frocks, I should probably get rid of everything else - anyone a size 5 who wants a shoe download?!