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    Quickest process for cancer screening

    Hello all. I've had larger than normal lymph nodes in my neck for well over 15 years now (easily feel them) and all tests in the past were fine. I lost a lot if weight recently(on purpose) and now my neck is much thinner and I'm not sure if my nodes have gotten bigger or just notice them easier since less neck fat. I figure best to get checked but not sure the best way to do it.

    I have no insurance and can't afford to go the private hospital route if there is a problem. I've done body checks here but results always seem to take about a month. So are there better options? Having a family history of cancer made me realize quicker detection is always better.

    Would going to a local clinic to talk to doc, who I assume would send me to a lab to get blood tests, be quick? Do I go to ER and go through that process get a quicker blood test turn around and have me in the system if issues?

    Any thoughts on best and quickest way to get checked is appreciated. Thanks.


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    Go to the ER and wait. That's what a local would do. It will involve a lot of queuing but will get there in the end.


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    You will not be able to get through A&E for a cancer screen.

    Do a couple of things.. Get a GP to refer you into the Hospital Authority and start the process asap. Also get in touch with the HK Cancer Fund and see if they have any suggestions.

    (Am unaware of what the screening protocols are.. But there might be a private test you can do.. The FTU has a number of packages... Look for the sticky thread in this forum for a link).

    Private results shield take a week at the most.

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    I wasn't suggesting a screening from emergency. More rocking up and saying "I have a lump, help".

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    I'm no expert, but it sounds like a terrible abuse of A&E if your intention is to get cancer screening! (I think this kind of bad practice leads to a poor system in the US!)

    You can also visit a GP at a local clinic and they can also get you in the HA system. Does someone know if going direct to a government clinic can get you in the HA system faster if it's needed?

    A visit costs $50 but you need to queue up before opening time, and get a number for when you should roughly come back:

    https://www.ha.org.hk/visitor/ha_vis...arent_ID=10052
    Private clinics can refer you to private testing facilities, which I don't think cost that much (compared to, say, the US). Best to get to a GP and see what the next steps are and find out the prices as you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    You will not be able to get through A&E for a cancer screen.

    Do a couple of things.. Get a GP to refer you into the Hospital Authority and start the process asap. Also get in touch with the HK Cancer Fund and see if they have any suggestions.

    (Am unaware of what the screening protocols are.. But there might be a private test you can do.. The FTU has a number of packages... Look for the sticky thread in this forum for a link).

    Private results shield take a week at the most.
    being referred to the HA is hopeless in my experience. My first experience 3 years ago they gave me an appointment for December. It was January! I was in a lot of pain. Went priviate and I was diagnosed and on effective medication in 2 weeks.

    More recently, troublesome stomach pains for about 2 months and referral was 6 months! I do wonder what you have to do to be taken seriously and get quicker treatment with the HA here.

    I’ve appreciated my Employer provided health insurance here. Will miss it when back in the UK.

    For the OP....try a GP referral and see what they say. I guess it depends how serious they think it might be. A & E is probably worth a shot too. I think you just need to try all the possible routes.

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    The HA referral is important to get you in the system if you don't have insurance. If your GP tho KS it is critical.. The time period can be shorter.

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    I had a nerve issue and was in excruciating pain a while back. Went to the emergency, was given Panadol and a referral for 15 months later to a specialist and about a 3 months wait for the physio. I forked out the money and went private. I did end up doing a bit of physio at the government clinic a couple of months late, it wasn't great but it was free. Good luck


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    I have been dealing with some health issues recently - got a referral from a private specialist clinic to a government specialist, who fast-tracked me for (minor) surgery and gave me a referral to a general clinic for related issues. Since February, I've had approximately 5 specialist appointments plus the surgery, and 4 general clinic appointments - and I spent almost all of March either out of Hong Kong or in quarantine... The experience, in general, has been top-notch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmlinuz
    I have been dealing with some health issues recently - got a referral from a private specialist clinic to a government specialist, who fast-tracked me for (minor) surgery and gave me a referral to a general clinic for related issues. Since February, I've had approximately 5 specialist appointments plus the surgery, and 4 general clinic appointments - and I spent almost all of March either out of Hong Kong or in quarantine... The experience, in general, has been top-notch.
    Yes, a private referral/diagnoses will speed up access to HA if you can afford that.

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