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Fear of cancer recurrence: Mind-body tools offer hope

March 7, 2019

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Daniel L. Hall, PhD, is a licensed clinical health psychologist, Harvard Medical School integrative medicine research fellow, and a clinical fellow in psychology in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He works with … See Full Bio
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April 11, 2019

I was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma, undergone chemotherapy and it cleared for a year but it reoccur education a year later in 2009. This time l was treated with radiotherapy plus cobalt. All in all never lost faith. I regularly practice mindfulness meditation, yoga and tai children. Believe me it’s ten years now l am living normally. Thanks to God.

Guillermo Sosa
March 19, 2019

It is all about fear. Fear of dying. Once you recognize this, your options depend on whether you see yourself as a spiritual being dressed in a “body suit” or solely as a physical entity with no thereafter. If your worldview is that of a spiritual entity, then things like deep prayer, meditation or connection to the universal intention should work for you. If you see yourself as a physical being with a finite existence, things like visualization, balancing your aura and positive thinking should help you. If you regain your health, give thanks. If you do not, or you relapse, then it is a matter of faith. You know that something will work only if you are not paying attention to the voice whispering: “it will not work”.

Daniel Brian
March 19, 2019

Yes. I agree 1000 percent. Prayer and glorification of God provides inner calm and external love. I am a new, different and better/nicer empathic person because of it. Thanks for your post.

Armando Sta.Ana
March 18, 2019

Divine intervention, I would say is another way to manage FCR,if someone
with terminal cancer and have strong faith and devout believer in spiritual divinity, and may receive peace of mind, calmness and feeling of love of god given life.
Miracles still happens, if you are a true believer and only the creator can change the course of someone’s life.

IAN Grant-Whyte MD
March 18, 2019

Early Detection can spare the life-long anguish of families whose love-ones die prematurely from breast cancer that goes undetected, even with yearly screening” Nancy Cappello

( Please read Nancy`s Story!

Mary Ellen Schattman
March 18, 2019

and when the cancer does come back, what are you supposed to do then?

Jim Kocjancic
March 7, 2019

It’s understandable the recurring fears that occur with patients who endured treatment for their cancers. I’ve treated many in the ER who come in for nonspecific symptoms who ultimately simply needed reassurances that all was okay.
Thanks for a great article!

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