My beautiful dad has been fighting cancer a while now .

Started with prostate about 10 years ago then in 2021 a colonoscopy revealed cancer .

So after a huge operation and a permanent stoma he was doing well .

Recently his cancer markers agave been slightly increasing and he's very tied ..

After lots of test the bowel cancer is back at the end of the stump they left ..

He needs another op .

But the pet scan he had has revealed a small nodule in his lung .

We sat and spoke the drs which were lovely but they want him to wait 3 whole months have more test and go back as they do t know what this thing is in his lung and its too small to biopsy yet ..

3 months is a long time considering the bowel cancer as well .

Is it normal to wait this long ..

I lost my mum 10 years ago to cancer and this was very quick 10 weeks from finding out to burying her .

I looked after her at home ..

I'm so frightened that history is going to repeat itself .

I know he has had cancer a long time and the odds on it spreading is probably high ...

Is 3 month too long to wait ...

What's the odds this is lung cancer which has spread from either prostate or bowel ..

I'm a level headed person but don't want to delude myself into thinking all is going going be OK and it really isn't..

Looking for advice information and support  please..

My dad does have copd has had for many years but it's never been mentioned on the scans, could it be that there picking up ..

Sorry lots of rambling 

Thank you xx

  • Hello and thank you for your post,

    I am very sorry to hear about your dad's situation and I can appreciate your concern for him

    However, waiting 3 months to be scanned needs to be done to see if this lump grows. Doing it any sooner is not necessarily going to see any changes.  Sometimes doctors wait even longer such as 6 months to see changes so please do not worry about waiting these 3 months. It could be due to other lung changes and possibly COPD. 

    I hope that helps to know. Please get back to us if you need any more information or support.  You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9 am till 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

    Take care,