When Tammi went in for a routine CT scan after passing a kidney stone, she didn’t think twice. After all, kidney stones are relatively common; there are more than 10,000 cases per year in Australia alone.
The scans led to Tammi’s doctor uncovering a mass on her pancreas – which turned out to be a cancerous tumour.
"When I got the diagnosis, I was stunned. I had zero symptoms; if it wasn't for the kidney stones, who knows how far things would have developed before being discovered," she said.
"I was then referred to a specialist to see if surgery was an option for me."
Before attending a consultation with the recommended specialist, Tammi wanted to do her research. She wanted to be informed about her condition and options, to go into her meeting with confidence. Tammi's husband had access to Expert Medical Opinion, so she applied to ask for their expert advice.
The Expert Medical Opinion team fast-tracked her case. Two independent specialists reviewed medical records and provided Tammy with a report. Afterwards, she had a telehealth call where she could discuss her prognosis.