Coping with advanced cancer can mean living with doubt and uncertainty. You may be concerned about practical matters, such as your work or finances. Or you may be worried about your treatment, pain or other symptoms. You might also feel anxious about losing your independence or mobility. Sometimes, you may worry about how your loved ones will cope as the cancer develops. These are all common thoughts to have.
Uncertainty is one of the hardest things to deal with for you and your family and friends. It is especially tough when you are trying to live life as normally as possible. It can cause a lot of tension. You may feel irritable, angry and frightened. It is difficult to make plans when you do not know what is ahead. Even your doctors cannot say for sure what is likely to happen or give you full answers to your questions.
But many people find they can learn to live with uncertainty. One thing that can help is taking control of the things they can do something about.