2nd July 2020

Scanxiety amplified: Having a scan during COVID

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Having a scan can be a very worrying experience at the best of times. However, under the current circumstances, the experience comes with another layer of anxiety. That’s certainly how Mandee felt when she was invited to her latest routine scan.

Mandee is the fourth generation in her family to have lung cancer; her mum, grandmother and great-grandmother all dying of the disease. Fortunately, Mandee was diagnosed early enough to have curative treatment. She now has routine scans to ensure her cancer has not returned.

Mandee’s latest scan was on 30 June. She has kindly shared her feelings both before and after the event and her experience of going to hospital in the current circumstances.

It is great to hear Mandee had a positive experience and we keep everything crossed that the results continue to come back clear.

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.