Controlling Fear of Cancer Recurrence
This fear is extremely common — almost 80% of all survivors experience some degree of fear of recurrence or worry their cancer might come back. This is a completely understandable reaction, especially during times of uncertainty, including between appointments or waiting for test results.
What you can do: The 3 Ds
Delay thinking about the situation causing fear. If you have an upcoming appointment, commit to delay worrying about a recurrence until meeting with your doctor.
Try healthy distractions like calling or hanging out with a friend, reading a book, watching a movie, going for a walk or a run, or starting a new hobby.
Relax by taking a yoga class, getting a massage, practicing mindfulness exercises or doing something creative.