Just diagnosed with IDC ER+ PR+ HER2+
I just was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma ER+ PR+ HER2+ on Dec 23rd, 2023 but still do not have an oncologist. I do not know what is normal for being diagnosed with cancer as I have never had cancer in my life before. I do not know the Stage or Grade of the tumour yet. I am in Canada. When looking up anything about Invasive Ductal Carcinoma where I can talk to people this was the first place I found. I am aware that this is American-based even though PA is the same timezone as I am in.
In my situation being diagnosed right before Christmas is that I have the delay of the doctor offices being closed. The doctor who diagnosed me, his office does not open again until January 8th. And then that doctor has to write up the requisite for me to get the CT Scan and the blood labs and the results to come back before I can even go to the Cancer Health Center here. So that is why I have to wait until Jan 24th for my appointment which makes it a full month since my diagnosis when they already had said it has started spreading and has spread to 2 lymph nodes.
I find this frustrating not knowing if it is okay to take this long. I don't know how to be my own advocate when I don't know what is normal. Does not help that the local hospitals fell victim to a ransomware hack and that has affected the ability for fast communication through the computer systems in the medical establishments here. 😥