Archive for October, 2009

NO NEWS MAY BE BAD NEWS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR TEST RESULTS

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

My friend, Louise, was diagnosed with cervical cancer a few years ago. The good news is that she was diagnosed early. The bad news is that she learned too late that both her Pap test and HPV test were abnormal a year earlier and she could have been spared a hysterectomy if only she had known. Yet Louise was like so many others that believe when it comes to hearing about test results, no news is good news. She never called back the office of her gynecologist to learn of her results. Her doctors apparently sent her a letter notifying her of the findings, but she never received it. The commonly held belief among patients and doctors’ offices that “no news is good news” couldn’t be farther from the truth. When it comes to test results, no news is just that, “no news”. All too often abnormal test results get filed, misplaced, or simply ignored. Patients may not learn of their abnormal results until it is too late.