Does anxiety lessen throughout experience?


Question from Retired: Waiting for results of tests after check-ups is awful. I feel that I can only breathe freely between check-ups. Are these feelings ever going to end? Or is having a cure the only way to get over the anxiety?
Answers - David Spiegel I would say that anxiety goes with the territory to a certain extent. I think actually often some of the worst times are sort of waiting for the results of tests, and if there are ways to get preliminary information sooner, than do it. One other thing to do is in your mind formulate a plan about what you will do if the results turn out either way. If they turn out good, go out and have a bottle of champagne and if they are not good, you will set up an appointment the next day with your oncologist.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Uncertainty stinks. As soon as you have some plan of action, it feels so much better.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2000, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Feelings about Breast Cancer. David Spiegel, Ph.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about the emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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