Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum.
I went to the Dr last week as I have what looks like a 5 month pregnancy tummy. As I'm 55 and post menopausal I knew it wasn't that! After a feel about, the Dr located what she thought was a "mass" in the top left part of my abdomen. She referred me for an ultrasound and because the abdo was full of gas and had a high fecal load, the radiographer was unable to determine what was there. She did, however, say in the letter to the Dr that she had identified a heterogenous mass separate from the spleen. But due to the gas etc could see nothing else. I've had a raft of blood tests, ca125, c reactive protein, full blood, liver function and thyroid, all clear. But today the ca19-9 has come back elevated. Awaiting the CEA.
Ive no symptoms other than bloat, although I'm now getting uncomfortable "aches" in my back occasionally. Nothing that needs painkillers. And bowel movements (sorry, all) are normal.
Im really trying to be positive but my question is, under the NICE guidelines I need to be referred within 2 weeks for a ct scan. I am seeing the GP tomorrow and I think she is going to chat about what's next. But I've read somewhere that if they suspect pancreatic cancer they can refer quicker? Anyone know if this is so? I know she will want me to have the CT first but I know the prognosis for pancreatic cancer isn't great and I want to get the ball rolling fast.