Feeling anxious and frightened about breast cancer returning is very common for people who have had breast cancer. These feelings can affect a person’s ability to live well and make plans for the future. These anxieties and fears can collectively be termed “fear of cancer recurrence.”
It's okay to feel scared about it coming back.
While fear of cancer recurrence may never go away completely, there are ways you can manage it.
In this video, you will hear from Kym about her experience with breast cancer and how she copes with her fears of cancer recurrence.
We asked two leading health professionals to share some information about fear of cancer recurrence and some things you might like to try to help you deal with it.
Dr Carrie Lethborg is an oncology social worker and leading expert in cancer care, Carrie has more than 25 years’ experience supporting people with cancer and their families.
Professor Bruce Mann is a surgical oncologist and a leading specialist breast surgeon. He is the Director of Breast Cancer Services for the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospitals and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Director of Advanced Surgical Training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Many people wonder if having more intensive follow up, such as full body scans and blood tests, can improve their survival outcomes after a diagnosis of early breast cancer.
In this video, Professor Mann discusses whether having more intensive follow up, such as full body scans and tests, can improve survival outcomes after a diagnosis of early breast cancer. He discusses these concerns and explains why extensive testing does not improve survival outcomes or quality of life in people who show no signs or symptoms of breast cancer recurrence.
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Let’s be Upfront about the extra challenges and different needs of LGBTIQ+ people when diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Understand the main medical terms and acronyms you may find when you are living with a breast cancer diagnosis or going through treatment
Let’s be Upfront about navigating a breast cancer diagnosis as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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