It’s normal to worry about the cancer coming back and wonder about how you would react and cope if it did.
At first you may think that every ache, pain, runny nose or general unwell feeling means that the cancer has returned. You may worry so much that you find yourself at the doctor’s office more than usual. Remember that not every symptom means that the cancer has returned.
As time goes by, most people find that their fears fade and they worry less. But sometimes life events or reminders of past experiences can make you very anxious again. These reminders include:
If you find that you’re worried and anxious all the time, or if your anxiety is interfering with your daily life, you may want to talk to a counsellor. It is important to get worries under control so you can focus on living, take care of your health and make the most of each day.
While you can’t control whether or not your cancer comes back, there are some things that you can do to help you cope.
It’s okay to need help to quit smoking. The Canadian Cancer Society is here to support people who are ready to quit and even those people who aren’t ready.