When Cancer Comes Back: How to Cope with Recurrent Cancer

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 is a list of coping strategies that former patients have found helpful during their own cancer journeys: 

  • Research and talk to specialists 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 and refrain from bottling up your emotions. 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 and things to look forward to. 
  • Join a support group or online community. Many patients find it encouraging to be around or talk to others going through a similar situation. 

Whichever coping method you choose, the medical team at the Alliance Cancer Centers in Greenville and Clarksdale are here to help every step of the way. When you contact our patient coordinator, either by phone or email, we will make every effort to reply to you within 24 hours (Monday-Friday).  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please click here