I'm sorry your Mom and you are dealing with this. Are you in the UK, or the US? Hopefully what I'm about to say will be helpful. Usually, when one doc is not there, another doctor covers. The covering doc should have been able to give results, I would think, however, it would be akward just getting the results of the test without any other information re: treatment, which would be difficult for another oncologist to try to predict. The last thing anyone wants to either give or receive is incorrect information. My experience with doctors is that there are very few that are as perfect as we want them to be. You can get another if you want, but chances are things may not be perfect there, either, and you're already "in the system" with this one, who presumably should be home from vacation soon. As for MRIs, oncologists really don't read them; radiologists do - that's their specialty. Radiologists read and interpret, and communicate the findings to the oncologist. That way the information is accurate. (It takes many years of specialized post MD training to become expert at it.) Again, the last thing you'd want is someone reading an MRI who isn't qualified to read it. So you should probably let that one go. Getting the radiologist's reading (or more accurately, usually two, who must concur) is the thing you want. Oncologists are highly skilled at knowing and understanding cancer. The way they know this is by retrospective analysis (by the cancer community) of what has happened with people with similar types and features of different cancers. These are the "statistics" we all hate hearing about. There are some cancers that are simply very difficult to treat, and they know this because the survival rates are low after a certain amount of time, usually 5 years. So a particular cancer might have a 25% five year survival rate. Some of the rarer types of cancers might be even lower. Conversely, there are some cancers that, with treatment, that have a 100% cure rate. This is how they can tell us on that first meeting or so, what we're facing (and yes, I've been in that hot seat myself, too, and it stinks). I don't know what was actually said in that first appointment, but I hope there was some sensitivity used. Oncologists are faced with giving accurate information yet doing so with kindness and caring. Insensitivity would be a deal breaker for me. I hope things begin to get better soon. The waiting period between getting a diagnosis and establishing a treatment plan is often one of the most difficult parts of the cancer journey. Hang in there.