Worried about gastroscopy results

Hello everyone, I'd just like to share a situation I'm fretting about.

A few months ago I was diagnosed with h pylori in my stomach. I took medication which cleared it but my stomach problems persisted so I was referred for a gastroscopy.

I had this procedure a few days ago. After it a nurse talked me through the results and gave me a report to take home. They found some mild non-erosive gastritis and other than that all normal. "No evidence of cancer" was great to see and hear. Also comforting to hear I was being taken off the fast track and referred back to the care of my GP. They took samples for biopsy but the message was this was routine and there was nothing to worry about unduly. Definitely no cancer suspected. 

So all in all, pretty relieved!

However I have just found out from my GP surgery that I have been booked in for a follow up appointment with the endoscopy unit. The appointment is rather swift too. It's in 2 weeks.

Looking at the NHS info on gastroscopies it says the following for getting the results of any biopsy taken -

"If you had cells removed for testing, called a biopsy, it can take up to 2 months to get the results. If doctors think you may have cancer you’ll get the results in 2 weeks."

And it appears I am getting the results in 2 weeks.

I'm hoping there can be non-sinister reasons for the quick appointment but I can't help being dreadfully worried. Any feedback (reassuring or otherwise) very welcome.       

Cheers, Michael

  • Hello Michael

    I'm sorry to hear that you've recently had some health problems which have needed further investigation. Whilst it's reassuring to hear that the Consultant wasn't concerned during your procedure earlier this week, it's understandable that you're feeling anxious now you've been given an unexpected follow-up appointment in the next few weeks. 

    There could be any number of reasons that the Consultant has asked to see you again and whilst it's natural to feel worried about a worst-case scenario, try to remain positive. 

    We know that for many people, this period of waiting for appointments can be difficult. If you'd like to chat with one of our nurses ahead of seeing the specialist you're welcome to give them a call. They're available Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm on 0808 800 4040, I'm sure they will be happy to offer andy support and advice they can. 

    Do keep in touch Michael and let us know how you get on. 

    Best wishes, 
    Cancer Chat moderator 

  • Hi Jenn,

    Thanks for the message.

    Yes, I know it does no good to speculate without the facts. Hard not to though!

    Not that long to the appointment anyway. Let's see what happens.

    Thanks again.