Well, after spending several hours at the hospital today with a consultants visit, mammogram, ultra sound and biopsies, my suspicions have been confirmed, mum does have breast cancer. She's probably had it for a while although she only showed us the lesion two weeks ago. It's fairly localised, has not spread to the lymph glands but is very large and solid. So, the next step is another appt to see consultant next week after he has viewed the scans and got the biopsy results. Then, who knows! Mum, aged 87 with increasing confusion from Alzheimer's, will not cope with any treatment and her GP is in agreement so I guess we are just looking at palliative care. My sister who lives in the US will be over here for Christmas next week so she's going to the appt with my other sister, I am not needed thank goodness. It will be good for her to feel involved as she wants to help support mum but is too far away. On a slightly different note, would it be appropriate for us to spend some of mums money on paying for my sister to fly over again later in the year? Mum has over £150,000 sat in the bank and owns a house worth around £300,000 so the £800 or so is not a significant percentage. Or would it be considered misappropriation of her money?