Fear of Recurrence After Cancer Treatment By Attorney Tom Foley III on October 15, 2021

medical appointmentCancer survivors should be able to enjoy the feeling of relief and sense of accomplishment that comes with remission and completing cancer treatment. Unfortunately, many deal with a fear of recurrence after cancer treatment. Recurrence is always a possibility, so cancer survivors should not completely ignore their fear, but they should not let it control them.

Personal injury attorneys at Foley Law Firm have worked with many cancer survivors from Scranton, PA, Stroudsburg, PA, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and surrounding areas. Here they offer tips for coping with recurrence fears so that cancer survivors can enjoy the positive aspects of life after cancer treatment.

Cancer Recurrence

There are no known cures for cancer, but there are treatments that are able to manage cancer for certain patients. When there are no longer signs of cancer, patients are often described as being in remission, rather than cured. The reason for this is that it is possible for cancer to recur, or come back, after treatment is complete. The American Cancer Society reports that the odds of cancer recurrence depend on a number of different factors, including the type of cancer the patient has. Unfortunately, there is nothing a person can do to prevent cancer from recurring.

Coping With Fears of Recurrence

It is natural for cancer survivors to have fears about cancer recurrence. Anxiety and uncertainty are most likely to be especially high during the first year following cancer treatment. The longer that a patient is in remission, the more secure they usually feel in their prognosis. The American Society of Clinical Oncology offers tips for coping with the fear of recurrence, and preventing recurrence anxiety from taking over a cancer survivor’s life.

Acknowledge Fears 

After cancer treatment some people may feel that it is ungrateful or unhealthy to focus on emotions other than those that are positive. However, it is beneficial to acknowledge, and even voice, feelings of worry or concern. Ignoring your fears can make them worse and give them greater control over your life.

Share Fear With Others

Anxiety is often lessened when it is shared with others. Some people feel comfortable sharing their feelings with family and friends, while others may prefer to join a support group, where they can talk to others with similar experiences and uncertainties.

Practice Relaxation Techniques 

Stress and anxiety can feel overwhelming. There are many different ways to manage stress and achieve relaxation. Each person needs to find the technique that works best for them. Possible relaxation techniques include:

  • Spending time with friends or family
  • Going for a walk
  • Exercising
  • Yoga
  • Meditating
  • Deep breathing
  • Journaling
  • Hobbies that bring about positive feelings

Stay Well Informed 

There is nothing a person can do to prevent cancer recurrence. However, many individuals feel more in control, and less fearful, when they stay informed about their cancer prognosis, their aftercare plan, and general wellness practices that promote good health.

Learn More About Damages Related to Cancer

Cancer can have long-lasting effects. If cancer damages are worsened by a missed or delayed diagnosis, or if cancer is the result of exposure to toxic materials, then liable parties may be held accountable for damages related to cancer and cancer treatment. 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, and you suspect that another person or party is liable for damages, you should discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney. To schedule a personal consultation with the legal team at the Foley Law Firm, send us a message online, or call (570) 342-8194 at your earliest convenience.

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