5 tips for coping with fear of breast cancer recurrence

Sometimes, after treatment, you may be feeling stuck, like you don’t remember what life was like before diagnosis.

(Theodora Blanchfield/ Healthline) — Fear of breast cancer recurrence is common among survivors — but it doesn’t have to control your life.

For many breast cancer survivors, the fear of recurrence can be all-encompassing.

You may feel guilt for this — like you should feel more grateful for your health — but it’s completely normal to have both gratitude and fear, says Dr. Gabriela Gutierrez, LMFT, clinical oncology therapist at Loma Linda University Cancer Center.

“Cancer is like an earthquake with many aftershocks,” she says. “Just because the big one is out of the way doesn’t mean the ripples are gone.” (…)

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