• Waiting for test results is the worst!

    Asked by stephanies on Saturday, June 9, 2012

    Waiting for test results is the worst!

    Any suggestions for coping with stress/anxiety while waiting to see what future treatments may be advised (like chemo)?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • weezyschannel's Avatar

      I am so sorry for what you are going through. I had cervical cancer stage IIB and I know completely the frustration, anger, just everything. If you would like to read my story, it may help you. feel free to email me if you would like to (there is a contact form) and I'd be happy to give you support. I actually made a site about my experience and has information on coping with cancer (my personal view). I hope it helps. Take care sweetie


      almost 9 years ago
    • kmw's Avatar

      I can't imagine what you are going through right now; however, I do somewhat understand the anxiety as my husband was diagnosed with cancer right before Christmas. The anxiety of waiting for the doctors to determine how to treat him along with the anxiety of not knowing what to expect with the treatments was almost unbearable. I couldn't eat and sleep and was barely able to cope with the everyday things I had to deal with. I ended up having to go on anxiety medication and I only used it occasionally. Anyway, you might want to consider calling your doctor as well as praying for comfort and asking others to pray for you, too. I will definitely keep you in my prayers and I can assure you that it will get easier.

      almost 9 years ago
    • mamajltc's Avatar

      First, always know that you are not alone...ever! My husband has been in treatment for colon cancer for over 2 1/2 years. Every other month, he has a scan to see what's going on. And every other month I get so nervous and the poor doctor can't even say hello before I blurt out..how'd the scan go? (he's used to me by now :) ).
      What I can say, is that most of the time it was good news and the few times that we heard there was growth, because the scans are so frequent, it was small growth, treatment was changed or adjusted, and the next scan was good/great news. We have come far with treatment...and although we have a lot further to do, I know that each day we come closer and closer to a cure. I speak to other patients who can attest to this.
      My best advice, is to ask a millions ?'s, talk to others like you (you have plenty of time in the waiting rooms :) ), read updates on things and always choose hope!

      almost 9 years ago
    • mysecondchance's Avatar

      Waiting is hard. My last CA 125 tripled and I have had to wait two months to take another. If it doesn't go back down, I will have to have a petscan. I freaked for a couple of days and then have been pretty calm. But this week I will take the CA 125 again and after that I know the wait for the results will be agonizing. I am working hard to take it a day at a time but these results will determine if I am still in remission or will have to have the petscan. The petscan will determine if I am still in remission or if I will possibly have to go back into treatment. I have been hoping and praying that the monster would never come back. If it is back I know the dream of being cured is gone. My disease will be managed at that point. That is scary because I know a body can only take so much chemo and that is what gets us in the end.

      I have gained great strength through this illness and I know I can get through whatever I have to. I just hate the thought of my family and friends having to go though it again.

      I still have a lot of hope that I am in remission. I feel great...I have no symptoms. I am so happy to be alive.

      almost 9 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      Your question reminded me of me! There was a time when I just couldn't stand waiting for the results of my monthly/quarterly tests. I even would start feeling like my doctor just didn't care. But of course that wasn't the case and I now realize that sometimes he was looking into just what would be best for me based on the tests before just giving me the results. Mine has been a bumpy road when it comes to results. The initial therapy was supposed to keep this monster in a cage for a long time but for me it didn't. I have learned that we are all different just as snowflakes and we all react to different therapies differently. The doctors for the most part in my cancer hold chemo for "last" but when my new oncologist said NOW! I decided to embrace it. I'm glad I did. You can read my story - I dutifully recorded each day of cycle 1 - it was a celebration. I know the info I got before chemo listed 42 significant side effects that over 30% of patients get and none of them sound good, BUT I (remember we're all different) got none of the bad ones. Yup, hair loss (though not complete yet) and injection site irritation BUT no nausea, fatigue, vomiting, etc.
      So my message is embrace the fight, don't fear the treatments and realize that the tests are the guideline to the best possible treatments.
      Keep it positive and smile:)

      almost 9 years ago
    • hgbkokopelli's Avatar

      I agree the waiting is the worst. I had surgery Dec 2 and I have been waiting ever since and must wait till middle of July for Cancer treatment Centers of America. I have just about reached crazy
      and it continues on and on.

      almost 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      just prepare yourself for chemo and rads then if you do not have to have it go celebrate!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Goingstrong's Avatar

      I can sympathize with you. Waiting and not knowing is the toughest part, I think. Doctors thought I had stage 3 cancer and in my lymph nodes. After surgery and pathlogy I learned I had stage 2 cancer and cancer in only one lymph node. A masectomy, followed by radiation and chemotherapy - is a long road....but you can make it. I learned to pray a lot. I think it's the only thing that got me through. Good luck to you.

      almost 9 years ago

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