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Patient Resources: How to Cope Emotionally When Cancer Comes Back

Anger, frustration and distress are just a few of the many emotions patients may have if their cancer comes back. Although these feelings are normal and expected, there are measures you can take to help relieve these added stresses.

Below are coping strategies that may help you as you navigate treatment:

  • Take the time to research and talk to your doctor about your specific case and the treatments available to you. You may find comfort in knowing exactly what’s going on and what to expect.
  • Find someone to talk to. It can be a close friend or family member, or someone trained to offer support, such as a counselor or your medical team.
  • If in well enough health, be as active as you can. Many patients find that physical activity or spending time outside can lift their mood and provide a healthy distraction. Taking walks, gardening, or bicycling are all great low-impact outdoor activities.
  • Set goals to look forward to.
  • Join a support group or online community. Many patients find it encouraging to be around others going through a similar situation.

If you are facing a recurrent cancer diagnosis, the medical team at Oklahoma CyberKnife is here to offer support and help you determine if CyberKnife treatment may be an option for you. Call 918- 949-6676 to speak with one of our staff members or click here for a list of support resources.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.