Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is a common symptom among people with cancer. It is described as feeling nervous, worried, or uneasy. It is a normal emotion you may experience while visiting your doctor, going to your treatment, or while taking your medicine. This emotion alerts your body to respond to a threat. 

However, if intense or long periods of anxiety exist then it is a disorder which may interfere with your daily activities and relationships. It might make coping with your cancer treatment more difficult and may also interfere with your ability to make choices about your care. Hence, identifying and managing anxiety are important parts of the cancer treatment.[ 1 ].

Managing Anxiety

  • Mind-body approaches including these:
    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • Hypnosis
    • Meditation
    • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
    • Music therapy
    • Relaxation training
    • Supportive/expressive therapy stress management
    • Support groups
    • Yoga
  • Massage from a trained massage therapist
  • Therapies based on a philosophy of bioenergy fields, such as these:
    • Reiki
    • Healing Touch
    • Therapeutic Touch®

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