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I suspect I have bladder cancer.

Tags: Cancer

How long should a patient of suspected bladder cancer wait to be seen by a consultant especially if patient is in constant pain? Various pain killers don't work.

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In the UK, the NHS has a referral system that means patients with suspected cancer can be seen at the hospital within 2 weeks (of being referred by the GP). If you are struggling with lots of pain and have still not received an appointment to be seen at the hospital, you should really get back in contact with your doctor to find out what to do next.

Unfortunately, referral letters can sometimes get lost in the system. This needs to be checked by your doctor. You can also talk about a management plan until your hospital appointment arrives.

Answered by Dr EmmaJane Down.


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