How to Manage Anxiety During Your Cancer Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you are not alone. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the United States recorded about 1,806,590 new cancer cases in 2020. A cancer diagnosis typically brings a lot of fear and anxiety, and cancer treatment can be daunting. Take a deep breath. There are ways to manage and minimize anxiety. Here are some tips to help you manage anxiety during your cancer treatment.

Talk to Your Doctor or a Counselor

Open communication with your doctor and healthcare team is crucial. Be sure to voice any concerns you have and let them know if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Cancer centers have experienced staff, doctors, and counselors who can help you understand your diagnosis and provide you with emotional support to help you through your treatment. They can also help you develop a plan to manage your anxiety.

Join a Support Group

Joining a support group can be incredibly helpful when going through cancer treatment.
Connecting with others facing similar challenges can help you feel less lonely as you get valuable support and information. Cancer centers often have support groups available, or you can look for one online or in your community.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that can effectively treat anxiety. Research has shown that CBT can be helpful for people undergoing cancer treatment. One study found that CBT reduced anxiety and improved the quality of life in a group of breast cancer patients. If you are undergoing cancer treatment, CBT can help you manage anxiety by teaching you how to:

  • Determine and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors
  • Cope with anxiety-provoking situations
  • Manage stress and relax
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices

It is a highly effective treatment that can significantly impact your quality of life.

Use Relaxation Techniques

Many relaxation techniques can help ease anxiety during cancer treatment, including yoga, deep breathing, and meditation. Find what suits you and schedule time for it every day. Many cancer centers offer classes focusing on relaxation techniques. These classes can be a great way to learn more about relaxation techniques and meet other people who are going through similar experiences.

If you are struggling to cope, do not hesitate to reach out to our staff at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists. They can help you develop a plan to manage your anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. The right support is critical during this time, and we are here to help.

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