8 Tips To Help With Scanxiety, From A Cancer Survivor

I was introduced to a new term recently – scanxiety.  Though not a new concept, the word was new to me.  Scanxiety refers to anxiety before, during, and after medical scans. 

Technically, it could apply to anyone with health issues. As cancer survivors, we know firsthand the anxiety that comes with awaiting test results. Luckily, I have some tips to cope with scanxiety.

Go To Your Happy Place – Literally Or Figuratively

Listen to music, treat yourself to a drink, visit with friends, or whatever else makes you happy.

Learn: Knowing Is Half The Battle

One of the tips to cope with scanxiety is to understand how the test results will be communicated with you.

I’m sure you already know this, but exercise helps just about everything. You don’t have to go all out or run a marathon, just get your body moving. Get your blood flowing.


Practice mindfulness. Try meditating or doing yoga. You could even try downloading some meditation podcasts if you have trouble meditating on your own.


Another helpful tip is to accept the fact that you have scanxiety. Talk to someone about it or write about it in your journal.


Although it is not fun to think about, make plans for the worst-case scenario.  Having a plan will give you a sense of control.

Be Prepared

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