Newly diagnosed
posted by turtlepower
21 October 2021

PET-CT scan wait time

Last reply: 11 months ago

Hi everyone, my Mum has been diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer this week. She is waiting for her medical insurance sign off on a PET-CT so the hospital can stage her cancer (we know it is in her lymph nodes). We have been told this can take 4-6 weeks to get a scan date and all forms signed. It is being looked after by her consultant. This seems really long to me, is this normal? Thank you



commented by Cancer Nurse
28 October 2021

11 months ago

Hi Turtlepower,

Thank you for posting on the online community.

I am sorry to read that your mum has been diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer. This must be a very difficult time for your mum and all your family.

As there is a limited number of PET scanners in the country there can be delays in getting appointments, especially with the additional forms that may be required by health insurance companies. It might be helpful to speak with your mums health insurance company and ask them how to speed this process up. Contacting your mums team in the hospital might also be helpful, they might have a recent update on the date for your mothers PET scan.

Please feel free to contact the Support Line if you would like to discuss any of this in more detail. The Support Line number is 1800 200 700, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Kind regards,

Cancer Nurse

commented by turtlepower
28 October 2021

11 months ago

Thank you so much for the reply and the information. Thankfully things moved more quickly and we got a scan date for next week.

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