• Scans tomorrow..Hate it.

    Asked by CAS1 on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Scans tomorrow..Hate it.

    Didn't sleep last night, won't sleep tonight. Scans tomorrow. boy I really don't like this. I live in 3 month slots of time. On the other hand if I had not found by Dr's I would not be here right now.

    Very grateful to have the chance to live. I can only hope I get another 3 months.

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Have faith and confidence. I know the feeling, I was on 3 months, then bumped to 4 months, then last trip I graduated to once a year!! We wish you clean and easy scans.

      over 3 years ago
    • Sunshine123's Avatar

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      over 3 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I'll be getting scans in July for the first time in over a year so I feel your pain. But we have to remember that it's just part of the process. We have to live this life one day at a time and trust that everything will be ok.

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      I hear you! I had my scan yesterday and am now sweating every time the phone rings. Last scan, there was "something" in there that shouldn't be there and they would watch it till the next (yesterday's) scan. All we can do is keep on keeping on, try to be calm, pray if that is what we do, wait for the news, and realize that even if it's bad news, there is almost always something that can be done. Worry is natural, but it really doesn't change the outcome one iota. That's what I try to keep in mind, and it does help. As they say, worry doesn't change tomorrow, it just sucks the life out of today. Best of luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Whatever the case, you will have a better idea of your future and thats a good thing. We all tend to see the dark side when in doubt or facing the unknown. Stay strong.

      over 3 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      I've been meeting with a social worker and lately our topic has focused on anxiety. Yesterday I went to get my port flushed - very simple - but I just felt the scene of it all would bring back memories. What she has been suggesting and has been working is to stay grounded in the moment. For me it was listening to the clickety of the train going downtown, while in the cab enjoying all the beautiful buildings glowing in the sunshine. I still had moments of anxiousness but I seemed able to nip them in the bud. I'm hoping this works in July when I go for my blood tests. This may or may not work for you but I'm giving it my best try to avoid going overly crazy. This is certainly not easy!!

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Everyone here can relate to your anxiety. You may want to ask your oncologist for some Rx to help you sleep for a few nights every time you are scheduled for scans. Otherwise, try to plan some fun and distracting things for yourself (easier said than done, I know) for after the scan so you have something to look forward to in the near future. I wish you the best of luck today.

      over 3 years ago
    • EllasDaddy's Avatar

      It seems like there are a few of us in the same boat at one time or the other. I to just had my PET scan yesterday and have to wait until Friday to see my oncologist to get the results. I'm on pings and needles. I don't know how to keep a positive outlook. I pray,I try to think positively but then the what if monster rears its head. I keep telling myself I can beat this.
      Try to focus on how far you have come and how far you're going to go. We can, no we WILL win!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs. I too hate waiting for scans. Yesterday I had a Bone Scan, Chest CT and abdominal MRI w/contrast - Now I need to wait for the results, can't decide which is worse. I've been going through this every 3 months since Aug 2009. I've become a bit more zen about it in the last year or so, but it is still nerve racking.

      Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • Journey's Avatar

      Hi CAS1,
      I had my PET/CT last Monday and have to wait until Friday for the results. It is always a stressful time for me too, but I know it is necessary. It is normal to feel the anxiety and the fear, but not getting the scans and not knowing would be a stresser as well. In time the oncologist will stretch out the scans as he or she feels more confident in your well being. That is always a good sign that things are going well. Try to stay positive and strong. Good luck with your scan.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Thank you to everyone for responding and giving me some great pointers. I used them all.. I thought about so many people here and elsewhere who are fighting and it gave me peace.Thanks for the good wishes.
      My scans were all clean.
      I am so very very grateful. I am just so grateful

      When I sat in the waiting room I saw so many people really terrified. Exactly how I was in March 2012 . After my results and because I was looking pretty good today so I made an extra effort to turn to the staff so the entire waiting room could hear me and I said: I am 9 months out from surgery and 5 months out from my last chemo..AND I AM STILL CANCER FREE...When I was Dx'd I didn't think I would be here right now and without my Dr. I don't think I would be.

      I could just see the look of calm or release from several of the people and many many smiles. My Chemo nurses were all smiles and happy..( I loved all of them). Its was a great day. And I am so happy I had the opportunity to share some hope. A Great day.

      I go next week for a Life Broncoscopy which is a higher level procedure to look inside my airways to see any potential cells and get rid of them..I am hoping there are none..But this is a new way to stay on top of Lung cancer potential return. I will be back in August.

      I have 3 months of reprieve. Thank you Lord.

      over 3 years ago
    • Journey's Avatar

      Hi CAS1,
      So HAPPY that your scans came out OK! That is wonderful news. Good luck with your bronchoscopy next week. We will be thinking about you. Please keep us posted.

      over 3 years ago
    • Leung's Avatar

      I know how hard it is! My scans are every 6 weeks! I live on pins and needles sometimes, and sometimes it's ok. As you said, we have a chance because of the docs! I love them for that! My family is also sooooo grateful! Try and keep the faith! Love will surround you!

      over 3 years ago

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