how long do you wait for a colonscopy

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I first went to the doctors  in April had an appointment in May where they took a blood test and stool test and now have got an appointment in August to discuss when to have the colonscopy so from the start of my diarohea in April it will 4 months getting on 5 months by the time i get the colonscopy, which i think is a long time, how long have other people waiting for a colonscopy ? and is this the normal time, I was told by my doctor to assume its cancer how scary and i have to live with that for 6 months and worrying i am going to die or something I am on my own so would appreciate anyone else advice

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    Hi Christine

    I am not sure which country you are in but here in the UK if your doctor suspects cancer you should have your first appointment with a specialist within two weeks.  If the patient goes on to receive treatment for cancer, this should occur within two months of the original urgent GP referral. In addition, whenever a decision is taken to treat a patient for cancer, the treatment should occur within 31 days.

    Hope this helps.

    Best wishes

    Marie

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      Thanks Marie I am in the UK obviously they have not bothered with the guidelines as far as I am concerned. When I phoned the hospital and said its a long time till August he said the person was on holiday for 6 weeks that was why there was a wait!!! imagine that as if they only have one person doing it, i will complain if i do have cancer about the delays I can tell you that as i have been left in limbo after being told i have to assume its cancer and am very frightened now of dying
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      Hi Christine

      This is my third attempt at posting a reply to you.  I am not sure what is going on with the website at the moment but it does not seem to be posting my reply when I press the reply button, so here goes.

      You could try searching for other consultants at the hospital that you have been referred to online.  There is usually more than one. 

      I would go back to my GP and let him or her know that you can't be seen until August because the consultant is on holiday for 6 weeks.  Your GP might be able to refer you to someone else so that you get seen within the 2 week guideline, especially as your GP thinks that you may have cancer.

      I hope you manage to speed things up.

      Best wishes

      Marie

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    Hi there, sorry to hear that it's taking such a long time but likewise I also had to wait about 4 months and even then I never got my appointment with the consultant either. They managed to phone to arrange this appointment once I'd had the test (and I was supposed to see him prior to it).
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    hi christine , i had a minor examination at the hospital with the specialist who then referred me for a colonoscopy which was 2 and a half wks later which confirmed diverticulitis .  hope you get seen soon .  best wishes .
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      Did u have the infection for 2 weeks without treatment? How did they determine it was diver. Here in Canada everytime I see Dr. For attacks I am given anti biotics. In the past year I had 3 rounds of it and one by intravenous. My last colonoscooy was last year and they saw the IBS and the diverticulosis. They treat with clinical symptoms. I just finished another round of antibiotics which did not help. Seeing Dr. Tomorrow. There were no tests done to see the diverticulitis. I am afraid it msy be something more.

      Vivian

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      hi vivian , ive just replied to christine on this thread and i think my reply would answer your questions aswell .  the comment is to christine and is at the bottom of this thread .   thanks .   craig .
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    Hi Christine,I have had diarrhoea on and off for a year turned out to be divaticulitis, hope yours is too,bit harsh of your GP to jump to a diagnosis without any tests. Try to stop eating whole wheat.and cut back on all wheat products, you could have a million and one things wrong.To assume the worst is wrong, chin up kid my thoughts are with you.
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    Hi Christine

    I am sorry you are going through this. What type of Dr. Was he. What were your blood test results and stool results. Dr. Should not speculate until you finish your testing.

    What are your complete symptoms? Depending on what Country you live in also depends a lot on wait

    Times and health care system.

    I think if they actually suspected something malignant they would not make you wait.

    What about a scan?

    Vivian

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    People around my corner of the world generally don't want anything to do with food as it relates to healing. But I'll post this here just in case you're interested. I turned my life around with food, so it's my passion. I recently started reading stories of people healing cancer with carrot juice. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But you're waiting in fear, and carrot juice is cheap and easy and so very doable. I don't know if the administrator will let me post this person's story, but I'm going to try. I wasn't allowed to post the link to this story because of the ads attached to it.   -Cindy

    Ann's Story: 

    On Tuesday July 30th, 2013 I had a CT scan for malignant tumors in my lungs. On Thursday August 1st 2013, I got the results: “No evidence of cancer.”

    I believe from personal experience that carrots can cure cancer–and rapidly, without chemotherapy, radiation, or other dietary changes. I think carrots are worth a try for nearly everyone diagnosed with cancer, because the results show up very fast.

    Here’s the history of my experience:

    2012

    On June 6 I had surgery for a newly diagnosed Stage 3 colon cancer. I declined the recommended chemotherapy and felt better and better from that date. But six months later, on  November 6,  I had a CT scan followup that showed probable cancer in my lungs. 

    The oncologist said I had  Stage 4 colon cancer metastasized to the lungs. Later I learned that the colon cancer surgeon believed the cancer in the lungs  was unrelated to the colon cancer, an independent development. His reasoning was that colon cancer, even metastasized, grows very slowly, and the two lung tumors were growing fast.

    The oncologist also said radiation wouldn’t help me. She recommended chemotherapy to retard my demise, but said chemotherapy wouldn’t cure the cancer. I asked the surgeon about my life expectancy. He told me that without chemo I probably had only two to three years to live–and not much more with chemo.

    I was very distraught. I read everything I could find on the internet about alternatives to chemotherapy and radiation. I already had a list of twenty or so recommended substances that didn’t work, that my husband had tried for six months before dying of lung cancer in 2005.

    I hit upon a letter on the internet by a California man maned Ralph Cole, saying that drinking the juice of five pounds of carrots daily had eliminated small squamous cell cancers on his neck, and that a few others had told him the juice had helped with a variety of cancers.  Ralph was very detailed in describing his own experience, and wasn’t selling anything or engaging in self-aggrandizement. On November 17, I started drinking the juice in the quantity Ralph recommended.

    I Juiced 5 lbs of carrots per day

    On November 27,  a PET scan confirmed the findings of the CT scan:  the presence of “spots,” swollen lymph nodules, and two small tumors in enlarged lymph nodes between the lungs,  each about an inch long by 1/4 inch diameter.  According to the radiologist ‘s report,  these tumors were “avid for sugar” and “rapidly growing.”

    Drinking carrot juice, unlike some supplements that oncologists prohibit during conventional treatment, is perfectly compatible with simultaneous radiation or chemo; but I didn’t want the recommended chemo because I had researched and dreaded its side effects.  

    So I had no chemo, no radiation, no other treatments, and no dietary changes beyond the carrot consumption, and continuing eating meat and ice cream and indulging in other dietary vices  (I don’t recommend ice cream for cancer, but only want to emphasize that drinking carrot juice was the only change I made in my life, besides gratefully accepting prayers and “good energy” from friends and asking for wisdom and help from Whoever is up there in the Beyond. 

    2013

    On January 7,  after eight weeks on the carrot juice (a quart to a quart and one third daily) I had my first follow-up CT scan. It showed no growth of the cancer, some shrinkage of the tumors, and fewer swollen lymph nodes. In just eight weeks, the growth of the tumors had stopped.

    It’s interesting that eight weeks is the same amount of time on carrot juice that it took Ralph Cole to eliminate  his squamous cell tumors.

    For the next six months, until the end of July, 2013, I continued drinking the juice faithully every day, except when I was traveling. I used an Omega Juicer at first, which made about a quart of juice from the five pounds of carrots. Because of moving, I switched to a Champion Juicer, which made about a quart and a third from the same amount of carrots. Both juicers were effective. I made all the juice for the day in the morning, drank part, and kept the remainder in the refrigerator, drinking it throughout the day. Every month or so when I traveled, I would go three or four consecutive days without juice.

    A CT scan at the end of March 2013 showed no growth of the cancer, no new cancer, no swollen lymph nodes, and further shrinkage of the tumors.

    A CT scan on July 30, 2013 showed no evidence of cancer!

    The swollen cancerous lymph nodes had returned to normal size and were stable.  I told my oncologist for the first time about my carrot juice treatment, saying I hadn’t told her because I thought she would be skeptical.  She said that she was sure that many natural substances are effective against cancer, but that she can’t recommend them because of the lack of formal studies and statistical support. 

    My understanding is that M.D.’s must rigidly conform to recommending chemotherapy or radiation, and nothing else, lest they fly in the face of proven published research and cause a patient’s injury or death with unorthodox advice–which could get them a big medical negligence law suit.  So you can bring up carrots, or cabbage, or curcumin with your doctor, but even if they are interested, they are not free to to recommend these substances to you.

    My oncologist recommended a new scan in six months, but in six months I’ll likely be in Guatemala where a scan involves drinking a lot of a very nasty-tasting contrast medium. So I’ve decided to wait a year to have the next scan. Meantime I will keep on with occasional carrot juice, and aim for less meat and ice cream, and more salads.

    To reprise my progress: 

    Two weeks after starting the carrots, there was no improvement.  

    Eight weeks after starting the carrots, the tumors had stopped growing and were shrinking. 

    Four months after starting the carrots, all the lymph nodes in my lungs had returned to normal. 

    Eight months after starting, there was no sign of cancer anywhere in my body.

    I believe that a newly diagnosed person like me, still in generally good health,  could safely put off  chemotherapy for eight weeks to see if five pounds of carrots daily, as juice, will halt the growth of cancer. If the carrots work, one might continue postponing chemo as long as the carrots continue to arrest the cancer and, one hopes, eventually eliminate it entirely. My latest CT scan  (July 30, 2013) proves this has happened for me.

    The carrot cure also worked for Ralph Cole’s squamous cell cancers. I think they probably will work against a wide range of cancers. The effective ingredient in the carrots is falcarinol, which has been proved effective against cancer in lab experiments with rats and mice done in Denmark and the UK. Using carrots or falcarinol, Dr. Kirsten Brandt and colleagues in the UK have retarded by a third the growth of tumors in lab rats injected with a carcinogen. They have fed the rats and mice what proportionately in humans would be a pound and a half of carrots. Drinking the juice from five pounds of carrots daily, as Ralph and I have done, is a human equivalent dose more than triple what Dr. Brandt gave the rats.  I hope that many people and organizations will help fund her work, which so far has struggled to find strong financial backing.

    Best wishes to all for health and happiness,

    Ann Cameron

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      Great story and advice. Thank you for sharing. My ultrasound showed a cyst in the liver and one in the kidney. Going to my family doctor today. I still cannot keep anything down I keep on having loose bowels. I do not know if a colonoscopy or a scan is better. Don't know how long I will have to wait. In Canada wait times are long. I may go to Buffalo New York for one. A CT costs $650.00 US. I am getting too worried and it is making my problem worse. I have not been able to work now for one week and still off this week.

      Vivian

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    Hi Christine

    I havd been thinking about your issue and I understand your worry and frustration. Did you make another appointment with your doctor. Ask him to speed things up.

    Vivian

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    hi christine ,  i had been getting an ache in my abdominal area and noticed a change in my bowel movements so automatically thought it was the dreaded cancer . i went to my doctor who sent me to see a specialist at my local hospital who examined just inside my bowel and said he was just about certain it was not cancer but that i would need a colonoscopy to determine what the problem was and to also definately rule cancer out .  whilst he was doing the colonoscopy a few wks later he was manouvering the pipe around the colon etc whilst i was watching the pipes progress through the colon etc on a tv monitor and we actually saw the odd bulge in the intestine or colon wall which is when he told me i had diverticulitis  (the bulges) and that was what was giving me the aches in my abdominal area whilst at the same time giving me the all clear from cancer ,  if you have had the colonoscopy a yr ago and you are still not convinced then try to get another one asap .   i have never taken anything for diverticulitis disease as i prefer to try to watch what i eat and just soldier on .   i have found though that when i get the ache in the lower abdominal region that if i drink half a pint of sparkling water more or less straight down that it stops my stomach ache .  i dont know why but im guessing that all the gassy bubbles go to where the bulges are ( diverticulitis ) and dislodge waste that has settled in the bulges of the intestine or colon wall thus giving me relief from the abdominal ache .   i cant say it will work for everybody but i can definatley say that it works for me .   

    i hope you get some answers very soon .   craig .

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      Hi

      Funny you mention the sparkling water. That helps me also. I am at drs niw trying to get some answers.

      Vivian

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      Oh that's interesting about the sparkling water and will keep that in mind when I feel an ache as well - it kinda makes sense
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