Fear of cancer recurrence: Current state and future directions for research and clinical practice


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Gozde Ozakinci1
1University of St Andrews

Abstract

Fear of cancer recurrence, defined as “Fear, worry, or concern about cancer returning or progressing” is one of the most frequently experienced unmet need by survivors. It has an impact on quality of life of those living with and beyond cancer and also on the carers. These fears do not necessarily dissipate over time and tend to be triggered by various mechanisms such as follow-up appointments and news on cancer in the media.

This presentation will summarise the latest research evidence on the prevalence and impact of fear of cancer recurence on those living with and beyond cancer and their carers. It will also discuss the latest psychological support programmes that are being developed and tested and current gaps in our knowledge and what future directions we need to take to assist those who may be struggling with these fears.