Q. How can a cancer survivor deal with fear of recurrence?


Fear of recurrence is very common and understandable in the context of your recent cancer experience. There are several ways in which you can manage this anxiety in order to live a full and meaningful life:




  • Talk to your trusted friends or family members about your concerns. Even if there are just one or two people with whom you feel comfortable sharing your fears, this can be a powerful way to get some relief from your anxiety.
  • Make sure you continue to engage in hobbies and socialize with your friends is an essential and healthy form of distraction.
  • Listen to our podcast Survivors Too: Communicating With and Among Family, Friends and Loved Ones.


  • Reflect on what makes your life meaningful, both before and after cancer. What values and activities are important to you? How can you continue to honor those things you hold dear? Focusing on the bigger picture can help minimize the anxiety and remind you what you can do in the here-and-now to live a full life.
  • Read our publication Strengthening the Spirit.
  • Listen to our podcast Finding Hope and Meaning After Treatment.