Fear of recurrence
The fear of breast cancer coming back is perhaps one of the most important and difficult issues faced by women who have been treated for early breast cancer. For many women, breast cancer treatment is successful and breast cancer does not come back.
However, for some women, breast cancer is found some time later in the breast that was treated or in other parts of the body. We don’t know why breast cancer comes back in some women but not in others. This is why regular follow-up is essential after treatment for early breast cancer.
Some women find it reassuring to have regular follow-up tests. Others feel anxious around the time of their appointments. Both reactions are normal. Sharing your feelings, even painful feelings, with others can help.
Talk to your doctors if you feel anxious around the time of follow-up tests as help is available.