Nov 16, 2009 - 1:34 am
I'm so happy I found this site. My mom went to the ER last Tuesday with swelling in her abdomen, which a CT scan revealed to be ascites. They drained 5 liters of fluid from her, and after testing the fluid and taking a second look at the CT scan they diagnosed her Friday with cancer, most likely ovarian or peritoneal. The docs are saying they will know more tomorrow or the next day as to which type of cancer. They are also saying something like taking a week or two to get a consult with a gynie surgeon. Is this normal? How should this be going? What is a "normal" timeline here? Everything I have read about either of these cancers says that they are well-advanced by the time they are diagnosed. Why are we waiting weeks for appointments? We are in the Chicago suburbs for reference.
I have to admit this is the first major health issue in our family, so we have no idea how "pushy" to be, who to trust, where to go, what questions to be asking, etc. Can anyone offer any suggestions of what SHOULD be going on - to either ease my concerns or light a fire under us?