Common Emotions Related to Breast Cancer

Updated 
August 31, 2015

It’s normal to feel a range of emotions during treatment, but some are more common than others. Not all will be negative emotions like anxiety and depression; you may also feel empowered or motivated to make changes in your lifestyle. Everyone has a different emotional reaction to breast cancer and its treatment.

The most important thing is to tell your healthcare team how you’re feeling. Members of your team, like therapists and social workers, are there to help you make sense of it all.

Some common emotions related to breast cancer are:

Fear of Recurrence

Fear of recurrenceinfo-icon, or fear of the cancer coming back, is one of the most common worries among women with breast cancer. Nearly everyone who has had breast cancer worries about this possibility. You are not alone.

Knowing what triggers your fears and how to manage your feelings can help. Learn more about fear of recurrence.

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