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A common challenge and concern for cancer survivors is a fear of the cancer coming back (a recurrence). The fear can have an impact on your physical wellbeing, your ability to enjoy life again and to make plans for the future.
People find that their most concerned at certain times these include:
The risk of cancer recurrence varies for each person and can depend on several factors including the type and stage of cancer, genetic factors, type of treatment and time since the completion of treatment. It is best to talk to your doctor about your risk of recurrence.
Here are some suggestions for managing the fear:
How do or have you managed with these challenging times? Please share your experiences/ perspectives in the comments below.
Cancer Council has a range of resources available including on the website, click here to view the information there is a link to download the pdf version of the ‘Living Well After Cancer’ booklet (pg. 17-22). There is a podcast on ‘Managing fear’ click here to listen.
You might also like to take a look at our webinar which discusses “Fear of cancer coming back. What can I do to stop feeling this way?”, click here to view.
Other related resources;
The Survivorship Team
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