Just to add about
the pushiness if you need to- when our scanning tests were done, although reports are marked confidential they belong to the patient, so we (despite all fear and anxiety) picked them up first,
opened them, and read them first. Probably a different system here just to be able to do that, but I was lucky to be sort of savvy with the system, and just to have the info first-hand we had to push, and push hard sometimes. We did not take any notice of any advice to wait if we did not have to, and just kept calling, phoning, even showing up at offices and politely insisting sometimes, as my husband had 4-5 ? hot spots due to various concurrent, past injuries, surgery and other things he lives with. All turned out with a past, reasonable, and non-life-threatening explanation (spine, shoulder, ankle, liver and another one somewhere else I have forgotten about
). But so frightening each time - chilling. I just prayed for the Spirit to surround us, and it helped, but it was very, very frightening.
Generally, we came across the info almost as soon as they (various health professionals) did, by the actions of a few kind professionals, who understood our powerlessness at the time. Keep up with your research to know your rights to this info as other suggest. There would be various ways and means in different situations and keep insisting on getting all the info as soon as it is available, if you can so you can move beyond into awareness, and beyond the dark.
There is a critically, desperate need for health professionals to understand the life/matter/test from the perspective of what would it be like for the patient, and many do not, despite the job they do each day.
God bless you and keep you and your husband safe, Maria Teresa.
Lana posting for husband CJ (49 years). First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). Open Radical Prostatectomy on Tuesday 17th April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. Confined to prostate. PSA 0.01 (June 07).