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Fear is something many people experience after a cancer diagnosis. It is natural to be fearful about undergoing cancer treatment, but it doesn’t mean you have to let the fear take over. When you become overwhelmed by your fears, it can prevent you from coping with cancer treatment and living your life fully. The management of fear requires first acknowledgment of, and then moving through, the fears.
One of the most common fears people with cancer experience is a fear of the unknown. You may be fearful of how the treatments will make you feel and if you will be in pain. Other common fears you may experience include fear of death, fear of separation from loved ones, and fear of becoming dependent on others. These feelings are all normal.
When facing cancer treatment, the following questions may produce fear:
Finding ways to face and overcome fear of cancer treatment can be beneficial in many ways. It can help you feel more in control at a time when life may feel out of control. It can help clear your mind so you can make good decisions for yourself. It can help you build confidence to face the challenges ahead. With the right kind of help and coping strategies, you can move through your fears and empower yourself to fight cancer.
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS REPORT ANY FEARS ABOUT CANCER TREATMENT TO YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY.
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REGARDING YOUR FEARS ABOUT CANCER TREATMENT.
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