A 63-year-old female asked:
psych? colon cancer 1/09 stage iii surg. & chemo. tiny liver met 2/12 stage iva liver resection. horrible anxiety & h a. pet scan in 2 wks. prescription .5mg clonezapam 2x's day. fear ca's return. how to cope?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Build UR support Tm: Whenever you're going through a difficult situation like cancer, it's always best to build your team of support of practitioners, and network with other people who have the same diagnosis. A cancer support group is huge, in helping to overcome fear and anxiety, as everyone can relate to each other fully. Joining a meditation group, that can help you visualize your success through each step of your treatment is vital.
Answered on Mar 31, 2014
Dr. Emefre Udo answered
21 years experience Family Medicine
One day at a time.: Fear of hearing bad news can release stressful hormones that can cause more anxiety. Sometimes it is helpful to be involved in other activities that will occupy your mind and not allow you dwell on the issue at hand. Also having people that support you around can also help.
Answered on Mar 28, 2014
Dr. Adam Lewis answered
35 years experience Neurosurgery
Colon cancer: Confronting ones own mortality and living with a cancer that can and often recurs causes tremendous anxiety and depression. You are not alone. Unfortunately, many wonderful, talented, and smart people are confronting the same fate. Look into support groups and treatment with a psychiatrist to help you cope with this detour in life.
Answered on Mar 30, 2014
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