I’ve had many, many scans, with good results and bad. As you judged, this experience does not sound typical. I’ve not had that happen, at least. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it was a bad scan, of course. They may have wanted to look more closely at something that turned out to be benign, for example. Or had technical issues. You also say “it’s not on the portal,” but is that inconsistent with past experience? One might say the apparent double contrast is concerning, but delay goes the other way—most health care practices expedite reports that show disease.
It’s generally not a great idea to get too into your head about these. I understand the stress/anxiety, of course, and I’ll admit to “reading the techs” on the way out ; )
One option here would be to call the oncologist and ask that the result be uploaded (if you feel comfortable reading it without full explanation). Or you could resolve simply to wait until the 4th. But once you decide, try to rest easy, as it will be out of your hands.
Sorry that’s not too helpful, but these are difficult, subjective, personal decisions. Good luck!
7/19: RC: Staged IIIA, T2N1M0
approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff.; lung micronodule
8/19-10/19 4 rds.FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (reduced 70-75%)
neoadjuvant chemorad 11/19
4 rounds FOLFOX July-August 2020
ncCR 10/20; biopsies neg
TAE 11/20, tumor cells removed
Chest CT 3/30/21 growth in 2 nodules (3 and 5mm)
VATS 12/8/21 sub-pleural met 7mm.
SBRT nodule 1/22
6/20/22 TAE rectal polyp benign)
NED from 3/22 - 3/23
4 cycles FOLFIRI
LUL VATS lobectomy for radio resistant met 7/7/23