Fear of cancer recurrence: how nurses can support people after successful treatment
For some patients such fears can be debilitating and may require psychological support
- Almost all patients experience fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) but some find it impossible to move on
- They may experience dysfunctional or unhelpful thoughts, negative beliefs, or intrusive thoughts and images
- Research suggests that a focused phone-based intervention with patients can reduce FCR
When someone has been successfully treated for cancer, the atmosphere is generally filled with hope and positivity.
After a gruelling experience, the individual – and family and friends – are often keen to get back to ‘normal’.
But it is not unusual for people to worry about whether the
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