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, or about losing your independence or mobility. You may also be anxious about the effect of the cancer on those you love and how you will all cope as it develops. These are all common thoughts people have.
Uncertainty is one of the hardest things to deal with for you and your family and friends, especially 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 don’t know what’s ahead. Even if you ask your doctors what is likely to happen, they may not be able to give you a full answer because they can’t say for sure.
However, many people find they can learn to live with uncertainty. One thing that can help is to take control of the things they can do something about.