Uncertainty can be one of the hardest feelings to deal with, and it might make you feel irritable, angry and frightened.
Feeling that we have some control over our lives gives us a sense of security and allows us to enjoy the things we do. It is natural to want to know what is likely to happen next, so that we can make plans for the future. But being diagnosed with cancer can take away that sense of security, and leave you feeling uncertain about what is ahead.
You may find that doctors can’t answer your questions fully, or that their answers sound vague. For example, it is often impossible for them to say for certain how effective a treatment will be. Doctors know roughly how many people will benefit from a treatment, but can’t predict the future for a particular person with certainty.
Many people find this uncertainty hard to cope with. We have some suggestions of things you can do to help you manage your feelings.