Visiting hospital during the pandemic

Going for your scan is a pretty anxious time under usual circumstances. Will everything be ok? Is the treatment working? Will the cancer have spread? Has it come back? Many patients describe this as scanxiety.

However, these worries are likely to be magnified amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the additional uncertainty that come with it.

Someone who understands this is Mandee. Despite being three years all clear, Mandee still experiences scanxiety so when she received her latest appointment, those nerves started to twitch, only this time with even more questions and concerns.

Mandee was kind enough to share her experience of both the night before her scan and then immediately afterwards. Here’s what she said:

It is great to hear the relief in her voice after she has had scan and the positive experience she had.

Understandably, everyone’s experience is different as is each hospital but we hope this helps reduce any anxieties you may be feeling ahead of your scan or treatment. If you do have any questions or concerns about going into hospital for an appointment, scan or treatment, speak to your cancer team beforehand.

Remember, our Ask the Nurse service is also here to answer any questions you may have in these uncertain times. You can call the team for free on 0800 358 7200. Lines are open Monday to Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-4.

We also run a weekly Live Chat session on our forum every Tuesday at 2pm. Alternatively, you can email any questions to lungcancerhelp@roycastle.org.