When you experience a cancer diagnosis, you feel a lack of certainty about your future. You may feel insecure about your future, as many people do.
When you experience a cancer diagnosis, you feel a lack of certainty about your future. You may feel insecure about your future, as many people do. Whenever you suffer the uncertainty of your cancer diagnosis or treatment, ask for the support you need. Talk to your treatment team about available resources and their recommendations for your best well-being.
Causes of Uncertainty in Cancer
There are many common worries among newly diagnosed patients and long-term cancer survivors. You likely experience some of these worries, yourself. Common concerns of people with cancer include:
- Having to put your plans on hold or struggling to see potential for your future
- Fear about your treatment and potential side effects, such as pain, nausea and fatigue
- Worry about late side effects after cancer recovery, whether you will still experience the damage of cancer for years to come
- Worry over treatment not working as you hope or failing to work after a period of time
- Fear about cancer recurrence after remission
- Fear of dying or losing a loved one because of your cancer diagnosis
Dealing with the Unknowns of Cancer
Cancer makes you feel angry, sad, afraid and anxious. Many people experience physical symptoms related to these feelings, such as sleep problems or concentration problems. Managing your feelings helps you stay healthy. Below are some suggestions for dealing with the unknowns of cancer:
- Realize that you have no control over many aspects of your disease and treatment, to focus your energy on how you react to your cancer and treatment
- If uncertainty affects your daily life, talk with your treatment team for resources and help
- Talk with a counselor about support groups to help you through your cancer or join online cancer communities
- Talk with your friends and family about how you feel and what you need from them
- Learn as much as possible about your cancer and treatment options, so you know what to expect
Remember to keep an open line of communication with your treatment team regarding side effects and emotional well-being. How you feel plays a significant role in your cancer recovery and return to a healthy, happy life. When you realize you need help, support or guidance during and after cancer treatment, talk to your doctor for that help.