• Anxiety over all cancer issues. Is it a problem for you? A major problem or a minor problem?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, September 28, 2018

    Anxiety over all cancer issues. Is it a problem for you? A major problem or a minor problem?

    Does the anxiety over cancer issues like fear of recurrence, or fear of treatment not working, or financial issues, have you crippled? Or are you able to deal with it so it's not an issue for you? Please share your thoughts on this on both sides, if it is an issue please describe how. If it's not an issue, share with us why not or how have you learned to deal with it? Thanks for contributing on this.

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    • jillybean56's Avatar

      Do believe anxiety is a major issue for a lot of cancer patients. We are anxious over our next appointment, we are anxious over test results, we are anxious over what will happen next, etc., etc. There is no escape from it. The only relief I had from anxiety was accepting it for what it was. And dealing with it as I did. Acceptance, do believe, is major. Whether you choose to or not, accept your decisions. Take a deep breath and hope for tomorrow.

      about 1 year ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Anxiety is epidemic among the general population. One in five, that is 64 million Americans, suffer from some form of anxiety. That rate will most certainly be higher among diagnosed cancer patients. Do family and friends mention that you seem anxious? Anxiety alone can cause over 100 of the 150 various symptoms that the human body is capable of producing. Many of those are associated with cancer. Do we need that, especially when we are in remission? But, what to do about it? Fortunately, the solution for millions is drug-free: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the gold standard in anxiety therapy. It can even be done over the phone. It is worth looking into if life and thoughts just seem to be out of control.

      about 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I do not worry about my cancer. I do not worry about scans. My personal belief is that worry is a waste of time. It accomplishes absolutely nothing EXCEPT raising stress levels and all that that brings. It steals my joy, it steals my time, it steals my peace.

      I have deep faith. I believe that my God has this whole situation in His Hands. For me, that is more than enough.

      about 1 year ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      My anxiety today, five years into remission, is no longer the formidable stresser it once was when I was newly diagnosed with cancer, when I was told I had up to two years to live and was facing major surgery followed by a formidable chemo regiment. I was an emotional mess caught completely off guard . I needed oodles of support from family, friends, other survivors and the anti- anxiety medication I took throughout my treatments. Acceptance though is a powerful thing and with acceptance came determination ,a lessening of the anxiety and the growing of a longer backbone. Today, anxiety is a minor problem dealt with briefly at exam times . Accepting the fact that reoccurrence may happen sometime in the future has allowed me to continue enjoying my life and become a thriver.

      about 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I had anxiety about cancer for sixty years before I got it. Now I have anxiety over lots of things. Mostly crowds thought because of the mass shootings. I am more afraid of crowds than the return of my stage IV cancer.

      about 1 year ago

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