Legally they have to start your treatment within 49 days of your initial cancer diagnosis. I was lucky to get a cancellation for my MRI but I waited 4 weeks between the lletz and the hysterectomy.
Everyone’s journey is a bit different as to how they get to know which treatment is suitable. In my case the cervix looked like I had adenosquamous cancer so I had an MRI. This was clear, but obviously a tumour was present in the cervix for it to have shown up on the biopsies. So off I went for lletz under GA where they hoped to remove all of the tumour. It’s showed I actually had just squamous type CC. However, sadly they couldn’t remove it all so I had to have a Radical Hysterectomy.
This won’t necessarily be the same outcome for you so try not to read too much in to it or jump too far ahead before you know for certain. Easier said than done!
It can take a while for them to piece everything together, I went from ‘argh I’ve got cancer’ to ‘it’s tiny cancer’ to ‘oh crumbs I need a big operation’ then back to final diagnosis of stage 1B1 cancer. All from 7th feb to 8th April.
That’s just my case though and everyone is different, plus different NHS trusts deal with things a bit differently too.
A couple of helpful things you can do is talk to your support/cancer/Macmillan nurse as much as you need to. Also be aware they may only have MDT meetings, where the consultants meet up, once per week. So sometimes you have to wait until this has taken place before you know what’s going on.
The waiting seems like an eternity when all you want to know is what will happen and when will you know for sure. I think we all understand this very well.