Being diagnosed with advanced cancer can mean living with doubt and uncertainty. You may worry about:
- your treatment, pain or other symptoms
- losing your independence or mobility
- the effect of the cancer on your family and friends
- how you will cope as the cancer develops.
You may be concerned about practical issues, such as your work or finances. It is understandable and natural to have these concerns.
Uncertainty can be one of the hardest things for you, your family and your friends to deal with. It may cause a lot of tension. You might feel irritable, angry or frightened. These feelings can make it difficult to live life the way you would like to.
It is difficult to make plans when you do not know what is going to happen. You can ask your healthcare team about this. But they may only be able to give you an idea of what will happen, because they do not know for sure.
Many people find they can learn to live with uncertainty. There are some things that can help.