Appropriate waiting time and the referral process
My 88 year old mother was diagnosed with Non small cell lung cancer–stage 2b as far as they can tell. A bout with pneumonia in early June discovered a mass in her right lung. The biopsy in early July gave the diagnosis of non small cell lung cancer. Now in early August, we get a treatment plan, but they want more tests to decide where the cancer is. She lives in northern Minnesota.
This mass in her lung was seen on a CXR by her physician in November of 2020 and was not followed up on.
My curiosity is if this is the typical time line for dealing with cancer. To me, things should be of some urgency to prevent the cancer cells from growing. Already, the mass has grown a centimeter since June.
Also, how long does it take to be seen in Mayo once you get a referral? If you get a referral?