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Abdominal Mass

8 Jan 2019 00:45

Hi there , 

I recently underwent a laproscopy for what we believed was appendicitis . Following this exploration the surgeon shared that they couldnt get to my appendix and it was encased within a mass . They sent biopsies and explained they could not remove the mass as i had insufficent consent. 10 days later i have heard nothing and am worrying myself silly ? Can anyone give advice im just sat at home in pain and nauseus ... they have also refered me to gastro who have said they will not actively treat me or do investigations until the results are back !! Viscous circle , the CT only showed the original mass ?? Any advice appreciated. Thanks in advance Hayley 

Abdominal Mass

11 Jan 2019 12:06 in response to H1234

Dear Hayley,

Thank you for posting a question. I am very sorry to learn about your situation. This must be a difficult time.

I would like to be able to help as I am sure that your mind must be working overtime. But it is difficult for me to say very much as like you I don't know what is wrong. So it is a sensible approach to wait until your results are back before you see a specialist, but this very much does leave you in limbo and this must be very hard.

When a mass is mentioned it is relatively common for people to think that doctors are referring to cancer. But a mass is a lump which is caused by an abnormal growth of cells. So a mass can be (benign) not cancer or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumours can sometimes grow quite large, but they don't spread to other parts of the body. So things may not be quite as bad as perhaps you are thinking they might be. But until you know you are bound to feel unsettled. Many people tell us that once they know what is happening they feel better, so I hope that you don't have to wait too long to find out more.

It is not uncommon to wait a few weeks for biopsy results, but if you don't hear anything soon you could telephone your specialists secretary to see if  they can chasse things up. 

I do hope that you have some good support at this time. If you think that it might be useful, you are welcome to give us a call to talk things through. Our freephone number is 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Kind regards,