• Still having "scanxiety"? Here is another look at how to cope with it.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Monday, November 19, 2018

    Still having "scanxiety"? Here is another look at how to cope with it.

    By Susan Gubar
    Nov. 15, 2018

    Last year, right before the winter holidays, the nurse practitioner palpating my breast paused and returned to a certain spot.

    It was just below the port embedded in my chest that has been used for years of ovarian cancer treatment and above the scar from a previous lumpectomy. The terror that must overwhelm countless women engulfed me. “Maybe nothing,” she said, guiding my fingers to feel what she felt. “I’ll set up a mammogram.” I grimaced, knowing that anxiety always swamps me before scans.

    Read the entire article by Susan Gubar from the New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/well/live/tackling-cancer-anxiety.html

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Greg, thanks! I try to follow Susan Gubar's NYT articles (I get the Times online), but I missed this one. I think we all know that "high" of relief she mentions.

      25 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I love the word cancerchondriacs, my reaction to cancerchondria is denial and self diagnosis. My (wrong) self diagnosis have been depression (esophageal cancer), injury caused by lifting (uterine cancer) and an infected sliver (squamous cell skin cancer)

      25 days ago

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