Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)

Waiting for results

Waiting for results can be a difficult and emotional time. How long the wait might be depends on many different factors and can be anything from the same day to a couple of weeks. Everyone is different and feelings ranged from those who didn’t feel anxious at all to those who found waiting for results the most difficult time of all.
Where possible, women are given the results of their tests on the same day. Some women said that the more tests they needed and the longer they were at the hospital, the more anxious they became. Many had to go back on another day to have all the tests done and then be given the results. Some said they didn’t worry while waiting for these results, a few women saying they kept themselves busy with other things so they didn’t have time to worry. One woman said she waited nearly nine days for her biopsy results but, because she was feeling well and hadn’t had any breast symptoms, she didn’t feel anxious.
For many women, though, waiting for the test results was a very worrying time. One woman described the day she would be getting her results as ‘the longest day’ of her life. Several said they were in shock during this time and a few described the waiting as ‘hell’. For some, this was the most difficult time of all because they feared the worst.
During this time, some women looked on the internet for more information or telephoned the clinic. Several felt that, ideally, all tests and test results should be available to women on the same day, and urged doctors to make the waiting time shorter.
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Last reviewed July 2017.


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