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When dealing with cancer, people are often worried and nervous, and arguments are common.
You may find yourself in conflict with your family or friends, or with a member of your healthcare team. Of course, some of your complaints about your treatment or care may be justified, and many can be resolved with time.
However, some people find themselves getting angry with their family, friends or healthcare team. This feeling is often an understandable reaction of anger about having cancer.
Often, fear gets expressed as anger. So if you have angry feelings, think about whether they are being caused by fear and uncertainty. Anger and frustrations are often difficult to control. They may be directed at people close to you, or those who are treating you. Sometimes you may resent the fact that you have cancer while other people are healthy. You may also feel out of control and vulnerable.
For these reasons, it’s possible there will be times when you won’t always agree with other people, and this can cause tension. Here are some ideas to help you manage disagreements and the feelings caused by them:
Content last reviewed: 1 July 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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