Coping with advanced cancer can mean living with doubt and uncertainty. You may have concerns about practical matters such as your work or finances. You may be worried about your treatment, pain or other symptoms, loss of independence or mobility. You may be concerned about how you will cope as your cancer develops. These are all common thoughts people have.
Uncertainty is one of the hardest things to deal with. It can cause a lot of tension. You may feel irritable, angry and frightened. It’s difficult to make plans when you don’t know what’s ahead. And even if you ask your doctors what’s likely to happen, you may find their answers are vague because they can’t say for sure.
This uncertainty can be very hard to cope with, especially when you’re trying to live life as normally as possible. There are different ways of learning to live with uncertainty. Many people find it helpful to take control of the things they can do something about.
We have more information about coping with difficult feelings such as uncertainty.