New Research on Reducing Fear of Recurrence in Cancer Survivors

Last Updated: May 11, 2018

Dr. Daniel Hayes discusses a study presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting that looked at ways to reduce the fear of recurrence in cancer survivors.

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Psychological Intervention Lowers Survivors’ Fear of Cancer Recurrence

ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO: You know, this represents a really important step forward in the maturation in our field of oncology. We now, are curing more and more people who are diagnosed with early stage cancer of all sorts. In this trial, patients who had been rendered free of disease and hopefully cured, were assigned to either have support in telling them how to get over the fear of recurrence and anxiety, or just regular care.

Cancer is a very scary disease, and the first thing people think about is how am I going to do? Am I going to see my grandchildren? Am I going to see my son or daughter get married? Am I going to see… whatever other milestones you want. And this study suggests with formal intervention, we can help people accept and overcome the anxiety associated with the fear of recurrence.

That’s terrific. We’re going to have 15 million survivors, cancer survivors, in the United States this year, and we can help them live better lives.

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