• Scanxxiety

    Asked by fancynancy on Wednesday, April 24, 2019


    I've been on this roller coaster for almost 9 years now and I still get terribly upset when scans are coming up. Tomorrow is the day. I see my onc Friday morning for results. I've been a mess all week.

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    • Teachertina's Avatar

      I’ve been getting scans for 13 years and it’s always a time of anxiety. I’ve learned to see it as a positive rather than negative because it can catch things early and provide a better chance of getting it treated quickly! If not for all the scans catching my kidney cancer 3 times, I would not be here. I’m doing well and have another scan in May to check out my results of a procedure done in February. Always hope for the best and be ready for the worst. These scans have saved my life. Be grateful for the technology we have now. The more time you buy the more new treatments are being developed. Good luck , keep us posted! I’ll be thinking of you!

      5 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Typical for my journey, no such thing. Rather, if I can, I encourage others to consider SCANTICIPATION of a clean or improved scan. I have had them both ways. In[phone number redacted], I had four PET/CT scans in a row that showed "progression" of two simultaneous aggressive lymphomas. I made the decision to forge ahead anyway.

      5 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      fancynancy, you are not alone when it comes to scanxiety. I am six years from frontline chemo and still get nervous the week of any exam or test. I use to get nervous two weeks out so I am better. Many survivors get anxious at an upcoming test or exam all to differing degrees. Agree totally with Teachertina. I had to demand a scan to get my diagnosis, it helped save my life . You are being well monitored the better to catch anything early. Crossing my fingers for good results from your scan and sending wheelbarrows of support.

      5 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Here are a couple of articles we have posted on our blog page about dealing with scanxiety:

      http://bit.ly/scanziety - Scanxiety, Sound Familiar?
      http://bit.ly/2u7NEes - Practical Ways to Beat Scanxiety

      5 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      My oncologist and I had this very conversation yesterday. I am 4 1/2 years out from my Stage IV diagnosis and am NED. But I suffer bouts of anxiety, especially around scan time. But some other times, I'll just have a month or two of being anxious for no particular reason.

      My oncologist told me that longterm survivors begin to have new trigger events for anxiousness. Like watching the news and a famous person dies from our kind of cancer. Seeing commercials on TV for cancer treatments. A post on Facebook from a friend about their friend who died from our kind of cancer.

      So we just have to do the best we can to forge ahead. I'm grateful to be followed up, but just being a survivor is stressful.

      5 months ago
    • glam's Avatar

      I know what you means... Both my husband and I are stage IV cancer survivors and whenever we have a scheduled scan the anxiety raises in our home... but please try to think always positively. These exams don´t bring cancer to our body... they only show what is going on there and help us to begin fighting earlier than later. So build a different view on them and trust you are doing the best. Wishing and praying for clean results to you. Please keep us posted

      5 months ago

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