Question asked by: 
Guest at Being Together Hertforshire
Date asked: 
Nov 2016

Does it become easier to deal with the fear and anxiety about ovarian cancer coming back or getting worse?  I find it’s my first thought every morning.

‘Does it become easier to deal with the fear and anxiety about ovarian cancer coming back?
I see patients who tell me that they’re surprised that they’re feeling worse mentally and psychologically maybe months down the line after treatment has finished.
Response by Guest Expert Being Together Hertfordshire: Imelda Flanagan CNS

I do hear this. I see patients who tell me that they’re surprised that they’re feeling worse mentally and psychologically maybe months down the line after treatment has finished. This is why I’m still involved. I still go to the clinics where they’re being followed-up, this is why the nurse specialist never really discharges patients. People do say that sometimes things get better, but equally some people find it’s worse when they’re not attending appointments, when they’re not busy with something. Their friends have all stopped talking about their cancer, and maybe that’s OK for some, and maybe it’s not for others. 

I would say the first port of call if you’re feeling low, pick up the phone. Speak to the nurse specialist (CNS), or when you’re at your next appointment, ask if they’re available. Have a chat with the CNS, and see what help you might need.