Cancer Q & A
with Kathy Kanavos
Your Concerns About Cancer
I just finished chemotherapy and am starting radiation therapy in three weeks. I’m experiencing a lot of anxiety and I don’t know why. Is this normal and does it ever go away?
Nancy in Hyannis
To have this type of anxiety is very normal after experiencing any life threatening event, including and especially cancer treatment. I experienced it, too. You’ve been in a state of “fight or flight” for quite some time and, like so many of our soldiers returning from the war in the Middle East, it is hard to flip that anxiety switch off and return to a “normal” life.
Give yourself permission to have these attacks because being upset by them only adds fuel to the fire. It is also a release, like the valve on a pressure cooker. I found that meditating every day really helped with my attacks and over time my anxiety levels diminished.
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I’m so sorry to hear you are going through this difficult time, but it sounds like you have some big decisions to make. Unfortunately, only you can decide where you feel you would get the best treatment. But let me share some of my experiences and hopefully they will help you with your decisions.
I found that having confidence in the medical team responsible for my treatment was very important. My sense of hope was as important as the pharmaceuticals I took. I believe in mind-over-matter and miracles.
I am familiar with the CSRA tests because I had one done by Dr. Robert A. Nagourney, of Rational Therapeutics in Long Beach, California. I found the idea of testing chemotherapy drugs against a sample of my tumor to identify which chemotherapy was the most effective in killing the tumor cells just plain good sense.
I’ve heard very good things about Cancer Centers of America. My mother went to one for her chemotherapy and I found them to be very positive in their approach to treatment.
Good luck in choosing your place of treatment. Let me know how you are doing because I do care.Return to Holistic Health page
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