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BCNA News 07 Jul 2017

Fear of breast cancer recurrence and fear of breast cancer progression resources available

BCNA has developed new resources to help manage fear of breast cancer recurrence for people with early breast cancer and fear of breast cancer progression for people with metastatic breast cancer.

The videos feature prominent health professionals discussing strategies to deal with these fears, including scan anxiety. They also discuss why extensive testing and body scans are not part of ongoing care after treatment for early breast cancer.

It's a relief to know I am not going mad worrying and that we are all feeling the same anxiety.

The fear of breast cancer recurrence resources include a video where an early breast cancer survivor talks about her experiences and strategies that work for her. There is also a fact sheet containing practical tips for managing fear of recurrence.

The fear of breast cancer progression resources include a video where a woman living with metastatic breast cancer shares insights that have helped her deal with the challenges she faces.

Fear of cancer recurrence and fear of cancer progression can affect quality of life, relationships, and the way people think about and plan for the future. Feelings of fear and anxiety about what the future may hold is a reality for many people living with breast cancer.

The resources follow the results of recent member-wide research that revealed 69 per cent of members are worried that their cancer may recur. BCNA’s research also revealed that for those diagnosed with metastatic disease the availability of information and support around the fear of cancer progression is the highest unmet support need.

BCNA hopes these resources will improve quality of life for people with breast cancer.

To view these videos, visit the Fear of cancer progression and Fear of cancer recurrence pages. You can download or order a copy of the fact sheet from our website or by phoning BCNA on 1800 500 258.