How to Cope With the Fear of Cancer Recurrence

December 17, 2019
Brielle Gregory, ASCO staff

If you’ve been through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, you likely live with some concern about the possibility of the cancer coming back, which is called a recurrence. It’s important to first recognize that the fear of recurrence is a completely normal emotion for people to experience. But the good news is, there are plenty of helpful ways to cope with this fear.

In this podcast, Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, discusses what you should know about coping with the fear of cancer recurrence, including:

  • What is cancer recurrence? [1:51]

  • What are some ways that a fear of recurrence can present itself? [3:32]

  • How can you cope with the fear of cancer recurrence? [5:16]

  • Should you consider treatment for your fear of recurrence if these coping methods aren’t working for you? [9:40]

  • What resources are available for those coping with a fear of recurrence? [11:25]

Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, is the emeritus manager of oncology social work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. A 2-time breast cancer survivor, she now works in private practice and writes a daily blog called Living with Cancer. She is also a member of the Cancer.Net Editorial Board.

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