If I'm way out of line here, someone please tell me and I'll back down. I feel that my family experienced a HUGE delay in finding out my grandfather's diagnosis, but maybe it really does take 5+ weeks in other hospitals as well. I really don't know how it could take that long (I work in a veterinary pathology lab myself, so I know what procedures would have slowed the progress down and 5 weeks seems excessive) but maybe it does.
My grandfather had a GI-mass which was suddenly just found back in June. 5+ weeks later, his doctors (finally) had a diagnosis. Sort of. They were fairly confident it was Burkitt's lymphoma, but the biopsy sample was small and damaged, so the diagnosis was less than 100% accurate. Also, this was the 2nd biopsy attemp (both bad samples, imagine that). The 2nd biopsy wasn't taken until late in the 3rd week. The first biopsy was completely non-diagnostic, so then they waited 2 weeks before taking the next one.... (no explanation for THIS delay).
Week 4 (Mon. or Tues.), the diagnosis came in from the outside diagnostic lab (Burkitt's lymphoma). No treatment options were discussed/arranged with his doctors in the hospital until the end of the 4th week (Sunday), at which time they decided to begin chemo the next day (Monday).
The tumor progressed this whole time, and there were obvious changes in my grandfather's health plus several more abdominal tumors were now visible. I wish my family had been more assertive with the doctors from the beginning, but the doctors got angry when they asked certain questions (they didn't want to answer).
Anyway, I'd like to know if anyone else has been (or knows someone) diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma (adults/elderly especially) and what experiences you/they have had.
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