My mum was diagnosed with Triple negative breast cancer in 2020, had a lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed for testing, but part of tumour had been missed. Month later had mastectomy to remove all tissue, but did not remove any further lymph nodes for testing. Was told that the cancer was agressive but as it had not gone into lymph nodes, chemo was not required.
In 2021 had a large mole on her leg checked, biopsy taken, found that it was skin cancer. had mole and surrounding tissue removed, tested lymph node, no cancer found, so no chemo required.
Mid 2022, Mum went to doctor suffering from dreadful pain in back, (she presumed it was a bad fibromyalgia which she has suffered with for years). Doctor checked pulse which was racing (149 beats per minute) did ECG and found heart out of sync. Refered to cardiologist, put on lots of meds & few months later had heart shocked to get back in sync. Whilst all of this was going on, Mum lost interest in food and was losing alot of weight, we presumed that it was the meds that she was on. Last week, pain in back and chest got unbearable, took her to doctor, got urgent chest X-ray done at Urgent Treatment Center (local hospital), which shows evidence of secondary bone cancer in her ribs & small shadow on lung. The hospital said that they couldn't refer her for CT scan, they would request her GP to do that. We saw the GP yesterday, he said that her blood tests have indicated that the primary cancer may be located in her ovary, he says he is not allowed to refer her for CT Scan of chest, he has to refer her for urgent ultra-sound of her ovary & they will hopefully refer her for a CT Scan.
Sorry for long drawn out story, but I just cannot believe that 1 person can have 3 separate cancers diagnosed in 2 years & for them not to be linked somehow, and now I feel like Mum's case is being played like some "pass the parcel" to see who's budget the CT scan is going to end up on. Meanwhile my Mum is now so weak and frail (she is late 70's), any treatment that she may be able to have to prolong her life, may be too late!