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Bella83 1 posts since
Jul 15, 2010
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Jul 15, 2010 8:06 PM

Hematology Appointment - what to expect?

 

Hello, I'm new to this forum. I went to the doctors last week with some lumps in my groin that have been there about 4 months (maybe a bit longer), expecting him to say it was nothing to worry about, so I was a bit shocked to get an urgent referral to the hematology department. I don't think they've grown too much recently but the largest is about 2cm and they're all quite hard. I'm grateful that the doctor took it seroiusly but my head's in a bit of a spin over it all and I've got a few questions about what to expect from my appointment from anyone who's been through the same sort of thing...

 

 

What sort of tests do they carry out at the initial appointment? My doctor talked about wanting a biopsy done but would this be done at a first appointment or would the consultant decide whether this is necessary and do it at another appointment?

 

 

How long (roughly) can I expect the appointment to last? Work want to know when I'll be back in!

 

 

I am going to try phoning the department tomorrow but I was hoping to hear from someone who's actually done it, I know its only a small thing but it'd really help make me less anxious about it.

 

 

Thank you,

 

 

Bella x

 

 

imabloke 483 posts since
Jun 19, 2008
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1. Jul 15, 2010 11:13 PM in response to: Bella83
Re: Hematology Appointment - what to expect?

 

Hi,

 

 

Ok, from my experience the appointments usually last about 20 mins, depending on what gets said/done etc and usually consist of a chat etc.

 

 

i'm unsure if they'll do a biopsy there n then, so be prepared to maybe go back again when another appointment is made.

 

 

The down side to this is the waiting...i've been kept waiting for over an hour past my allocated appointment time, depending on how late the appointments run etc.

 

 

Everyone is different, so some people are a quick in/out, wheres others may need longer. basically its just luck of the draw on the day.

 

 

Good Luck.

 

 

Mark

 

 

    

 

 

imabloke 483 posts since
Jun 19, 2008
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2. Jul 15, 2010 11:13 PM in response to: Bella83
Re: Hematology Appointment - what to expect?

 

Hi,

 

 

Ok, from my experience the appointments usually last about 20 mins, depending on what gets said/done etc and usually consist of a chat etc.

 

 

i'm unsure if they'll do a biopsy there n then, so be prepared to maybe go back again when another appointment is made.

 

 

The down side to this is the waiting...i've been kept waiting for over an hour past my allocated appointment time, depending on how late the appointments run etc.

 

 

Everyone is different, so some people are a quick in/out, wheres others may need longer. basically its just luck of the draw on the day.

 

 

Good Luck.

 

 

Mark

 

 

    

 

 

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Apr 21, 2010
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3. Jul 16, 2010 1:08 AM in response to: imabloke
Re: Hematology Appointment - what to expect?

 

hi bella

 

 

 

 

 

                 just thought id let you know my experience with hemaetology, had a routnine blood test done last sept 09, had doc phone me in dec to say the results had come back not right, got an appointment at the end of january, my first hemaetology .... i was worried as hell, no-one had told me anything as to what the result were or what they meant, had the appointment with my new hemaetologist, got booked in for a bone marrow biopsy, not knowing what that was i read everything i could about them on the net, the appointment was just 10 days later after the first appointment, so had 10 days to stew, went into the elective care unit at my alloted time and was seen straight away, they treated me like an old friend, very friendly and kind, i was absolutely pooping myself i will admit, but they talked me through the proceedure, and how long it would take etc .... the whole prodeedure took about 30 mins in all, to cut a long story short, it did hurt i wont lie to you, but knowing this was a proceedure i would never have to have again pleased me, i got the results a week later which in all honesty was the hardest bit ...the not knowing, i now have bloods taken every 2 weeks, im on chemo now, and im coping ok..... i have good days and i have bad, good days i try and get out and do as much as i can, bad days i stay in, watch tv and just chill, its the tireness that getsya ...no matter how much sleep you have you always seem to wake up looking and feeling like you havent slept for a wek ...lol which isnt a good look lol think of it bella as a journey, you cant change it, you have to ride it out, some people will understand some wont, i usually get asked if im ok ...and some days i am, and when i say i am they look at me and say " really" ...

 

 

my whole treatment which is still ongoing and will be for the foreseeable future is ok, you get to know the nurses who are picked for this kind of work for their empathy and understanding, they get to know you, your name, and your ailment ...its strange i waltz throught the hospital now like i own the place .... its rather funny ...seeing as i was like a rabbit caught in headlights in the beginning ....lol

 

 

just a word of advice tho ..read up as much as you can on your illness, ask questions, dont be afraid to say if you dont understand anything they are saying, take someone with you when you go for the results, as you wont remember a word of what they have said to you, ask that person to write things down, so when your a little more composed you can refer back to the stuff written down and then look it all up .... i have become a master of my disease now, i know what my body is doing, why its doing it, what my medication will hopefully do, and what my long term prognosis is, dont be a prisoner to whatever you have bella, but lets hope its all good news for you, please keep us updated as to how you get on ....

 

 

will be thinking of you at this tough time ...chin up and remember its a journey!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

love lou xxxxx

 

 

21 posts since
Apr 21, 2010
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4. Jul 16, 2010 1:08 AM in response to: imabloke
Re: Hematology Appointment - what to expect?

 

hi bella

 

 

 

 

 

                 just thought id let you know my experience with hemaetology, had a routnine blood test done last sept 09, had doc phone me in dec to say the results had come back not right, got an appointment at the end of january, my first hemaetology .... i was worried as hell, no-one had told me anything as to what the result were or what they meant, had the appointment with my new hemaetologist, got booked in for a bone marrow biopsy, not knowing what that was i read everything i could about them on the net, the appointment was just 10 days later after the first appointment, so had 10 days to stew, went into the elective care unit at my alloted time and was seen straight away, they treated me like an old friend, very friendly and kind, i was absolutely pooping myself i will admit, but they talked me through the proceedure, and how long it would take etc .... the whole prodeedure took about 30 mins in all, to cut a long story short, it did hurt i wont lie to you, but knowing this was a proceedure i would never have to have again pleased me, i got the results a week later which in all honesty was the hardest bit ...the not knowing, i now have bloods taken every 2 weeks, im on chemo now, and im coping ok..... i have good days and i have bad, good days i try and get out and do as much as i can, bad days i stay in, watch tv and just chill, its the tireness that getsya ...no matter how much sleep you have you always seem to wake up looking and feeling like you havent slept for a wek ...lol which isnt a good look lol think of it bella as a journey, you cant change it, you have to ride it out, some people will understand some wont, i usually get asked if im ok ...and some days i am, and when i say i am they look at me and say " really" ...

 

 

my whole treatment which is still ongoing and will be for the foreseeable future is ok, you get to know the nurses who are picked for this kind of work for their empathy and understanding, they get to know you, your name, and your ailment ...its strange i waltz throught the hospital now like i own the place .... its rather funny ...seeing as i was like a rabbit caught in headlights in the beginning ....lol

 

 

just a word of advice tho ..read up as much as you can on your illness, ask questions, dont be afraid to say if you dont understand anything they are saying, take someone with you when you go for the results, as you wont remember a word of what they have said to you, ask that person to write things down, so when your a little more composed you can refer back to the stuff written down and then look it all up .... i have become a master of my disease now, i know what my body is doing, why its doing it, what my medication will hopefully do, and what my long term prognosis is, dont be a prisoner to whatever you have bella, but lets hope its all good news for you, please keep us updated as to how you get on ....

 

 

will be thinking of you at this tough time ...chin up and remember its a journey!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

love lou xxxxx

 

 

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