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Is this normal waiting time?

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nadateturbe Tue 22-Dec-20 07:09:56

My aunt had skin cancer on her nose. NHS consultant said she would wait 6-9 months for treatment and it would spread by then. She went private and has just had it removed and also a skin graft.
6-9 months seems a very long waiting time. I was quite shocked.

vampirequeen Tue 22-Dec-20 08:02:11

It does seem a long delay but I think a lot of treatments are on hold or delayed due to Covid.

M0nica Tue 22-Dec-20 08:11:05

It is the COVID effect. At least 100,000 patients have had teatment and tests delayed because of the demands COVID has placed on medical services everywhere. DD came close to death as a result of the delays. Thankfully, she got treatment in the nick of time.

nadateturbe Tue 22-Dec-20 14:53:12

Thats a lot of delays. I'm glad your daughter is all right Monica.

Callistemon Tue 22-Dec-20 15:23:42

I had an outpatient appointment within one month. (Not the same problem.)

Ellianne Tue 22-Dec-20 15:32:29

There are skin cancers and skin cancers. If it was a BCC then quite often there is a wait of several months. It can spread, but it is not sinister and a delay doesn't put the patient at risk.

nadateturbe Tue 22-Dec-20 16:01:52

Thanks Ellianne. It was a BCC.

Ellianne Tue 22-Dec-20 16:14:07

I've just checked mine out for you nadateturbe and I waited from June - December in non covid times, 7 years ago at a London hospital.
I was told BCCs on the face cannot be removed by junior members of the team, only by consultants or pretty expert surgeons. Maybe that is why there is a delay.

Missfoodlove Tue 22-Dec-20 16:20:38

My husband was referred late last year by our GP as I had spotted a dodgy mole on his back.
I had taken photographs.
At the out patients clinic the consultant asked to see the photos which were by this time 3 weeks old, he examined the mole and immediately took my husband to theatre.
He had a second operation 3/4 weeks later.
All OK now. 🤞

nadateturbe Tue 22-Dec-20 16:24:11

Thanks for the information Ellianne. Much appreciated. So the waiting time was pretty normal. Good to know.

Ladyleftfieldlover Tue 22-Dec-20 16:31:46

I had a non-sinister cancer on my nose and had it removed on the NHS in under 10 weeks. This was last year though! I have been left with an inch long scar.

Granny23 Tue 22-Dec-20 16:35:15

Sorry it is a bit off topic but years ago my Aunt had a cancerous lump removed from her nose. She went on and on about it as if it was the most awful thing to happen to anyone ever.

About a month after her op, I happened to run into her in the High Street and without stopping to consider my words, blurted out "Is your nose still bothering you?" She was not amused blush

nadateturbe Tue 22-Dec-20 18:33:56

Oh dear Granny23. I can picture your aunt's face!

Oldbat1 Tue 22-Dec-20 19:15:32

Husband was told day before lockdown in March that his bowel cancer had metastasised to his lungs and possibly also in his liver which means Stage 4. He is still waiting to have treatment! He hasn’t seen a face to face doctor since this time last year. Oncologist ringing tomorrow with latest scan result. He has no symptoms thankfully.

nadateturbe Tue 22-Dec-20 20:02:03

I am so very sorry to hear that Oldbat1. I hope you manage to have a helpful talk with the oncologist tomorrow. flowers

Urmstongran Tue 22-Dec-20 20:22:50

A BCC spreads, but along the surface of the skin, not into the dermal layers. It is nothing to worry about & can wait. I used to be a med sec with 5 consultant dermatologists.

Whitewavemark2 Tue 22-Dec-20 20:25:37

I was diagnosed with skin cancer last year. Saw the consultant within 2 weeks.

Urmstongran Tue 22-Dec-20 20:54:17

Depends on type.
Malignant melanoma has to be seen within 2 weeks of GP referral. HSC205 pathway. Stands for Highly suspicious of cancer.
Next down is a squamous cell carcinoma.
Lowest is basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

Patsy70 Tue 22-Dec-20 21:14:58

Urmstongran thank you for this information.

Urmstongran Tue 22-Dec-20 21:22:26

Glad to be of help Patsy70.

Nanawind Tue 22-Dec-20 21:58:33

It's not the same type of cancer.
I went for a mammogram on 13th November after a biopsy I was told I have breast cancer on 7th December.
I'm having a lumpectomy next Tuesday 29th December.
I cannot believe that in some areas of the country are making people wait or go private.

nadateturbe Wed 23-Dec-20 05:17:48

Thanks Urmstongran.
Hope all goes well Nanawind.

sandwichgeneration Wed 23-Dec-20 09:28:05

And for those who can't pay?angrysad

Katyj Wed 23-Dec-20 09:42:38

My sil has skin cancer on her face, she had a positive biopsy result two weeks ago and is having her op today. We’re in Yorkshire .

Moggycuddler Wed 23-Dec-20 09:47:28

I have had 2 BCCs removed myself, one at the side of my nose with a skin graft, and one on my forehead a few years later. Although they do spread, it is very slow, and there is very rarely any serious consequence. They are a form of skin cancer but they are the least worrisome, except for cosmetic reasons. A wait of several months is normal and you shouldn't be too concerned. They are not really urgent, unless perhaps they are on the eyelid very close to the eye or something. Some people have these for years and years before even seeking treatment. Please don't worry!