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Cancer

Question
Posted by: A | 2019/01/18

Q.

Delay in biopsy for suspected cancer

Friend is telling me that he has diagnosed “shadows” on one of his kidneys. Had a stent put in due to blood in urine. He is telling me that the doctor is making him wait 6 weeks before doctor will do biopsy to see if the “shadows” are cancer. Why would they wait 6 weeks to biopsy for possible cancer?

Expert's Reply

A.

Cancer expert
- 2019/01/22

Dear A, it must be remembered that your friend had a stent put in because of blood in his urine. The stent was most probably inserted into the ureter to assist drainage of urine into the bladder. The doctor cannot do a biopsy immediately as he/she has to wait for the stent to settle - it is normal to also have blood in the urine following insertion of a stent – so the doctor has to wait for some healing to take place before doing any other procedure. (MCH).

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