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After a cancer diagnosis, a person's priorities regarding relationships, career, or lifestyle may change. Cancer survivors, people with a history of cancer, often say they appreciate life more. They also say they have gained a greater acceptance of self. At the same time, some survivors also become anxious about their health. Some survivors become uncertain of how to cope with life after treatment, especially when regular visits to doctors stop. Find out more about coping with such concerns. Learn more about the next steps to take in survivorship.
Tips for coping with the fear of recurrence:
Living with uncertainty is never easy. It is important to remind yourself that fear and anxiety are normal parts of survivorship. Worrying about the cancer coming back is usually most intense during the first year after treatment. This worry usually decreses over time.
Here are a few ideas to help you cope with the fear of recurrence:
Reduce stress. Finding ways to manage your stress will help lower your overall level of anxiety. Try different ways of reducing stress to find out what works best for you. This could include: