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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

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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