We did not experience a several week wait for my husband to be seen at Dana Farber. My husband has self-referred to Dana Farber twice, once in 2008 for Prostate Cancer and again in 2019 for Rectal Cancer, and both times his appointment was within four days of calling them. We are fortunate that our insurance does not require a PCP referral and that Dana Farber is in-network for us.
In 2008 he was seen by a medical oncologist at his first appointment.
This time his first appointment was at their newly opened Cancer Diagnostic Service/Center. He met with a staff GP who took his history, ordered labs, scans, biopsies including genome sequencing, flex sigmoidoscopy, etc. A team of doctors reviewed the test and exam results, I think the team meets twice a week, and he was then referred to an oncologist appropriate for his needs. I think this process took perhaps ten days but their were plenty of phone calls during these ten days to discuss test results, diagnosis and his immediate symptoms were treated at the first appointment.
Because my husband chose to participate in a clinical trial, several tests had to be redone for the trial itself, which delayed him starting cancer treatment by two weeks. But he was having a port installed and starting chemotherapy within a month of calling them.
Sincerely hoping you just have a case of hemorrhoids!
Caregiver of DH age 68 at DX w/Stage IVb rectal adenocarcinoma - mets in liver and both lungs
MSS MMRp Kras/Braf/Ras all wild-type TMB 3.04 poorly differentiated CEA 14.7
2/2019 Clinical Trial at Dana Farber - mFolfox6, Avastin, Nivolumab
9/13/2019 CEA 1.0 67% reduction by Recist dropped Oxaliplatin due to neuropathy