Waiting for test results can be a worrying time. You may find it helpful to talk to someone about how you are feeling.

It can take a few days to a few weeks for test results to be ready. Many people feel anxious during this time.

You may feel like you have no control over what is going to happen to you. The waiting period might feel very long and the future may feel very uncertain.

There is no right or wrong way to deal with these feelings. Some people find it helps to carry on with normal activities as much as possible. Continuing with everyday activities, such as going to work, can be a welcome distraction from worrying. Other people may feel they cannot concentrate on anything else.

Some people look for more information about cancer during this time. Searching for information can help you feel more in control while you wait for your results. However, if you are not sure of the diagnosis, some information can be confusing and upsetting.

It may be better to wait until a diagnosis is made before looking for more information. If you do decide to find out more, it is a good idea to make sure the information is from a reliable source.

You may find it helpful to talk with your partner, family or a close friend. Your specialist nurse can also provide support.

You can also talk things over with one of our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00.

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