Fear of Recurrence


The aim of the Fear of Recurrence group programme is to help those with a fear of cancer coming back which they find difficult to live with.

What is ‘Fear of Recurrence’?

  • Fear of cancer recurrence is defined as the fear or worry that cancer will return, progress, or metastasise.
  • This  is  one of the most reported concerns for cancer survivors.
  • Fear is experienced by many patients following treatment and often lessens with time.
  • However, for some, these feelings can be overwhelming, long-lasting and reduce a person’s ability to lead a life that is meaningful to them.
  • Fear of cancer coming back can affect a person’s mood, relationships, hobbies, job and life enjoyment.

How does this group programme work?

  • Sessions are led by a clinical psychologist & facilitator.
  • The groups take place over 6-weekly sessions lasting 2 hours each.
  • They are currently delivered online using Zoom.
  • They will also be offered in person, when possible.
  • There are a maximum of 10 participants per group.
  • The sessions are based on a structured psychological approach known as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.
  • This group programme also has a focus on health education around signs and symptoms of recurrence and when to seek medical advice.

Who is this group programme for?

  • This group programme is suitable for people who been diagnosed with cancer and have completed active treatment.
  • It is suitable for those experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings about cancer returning.
  • This distress will have an impact which interferes with the ability to live life in a way that is meaningful and satisfying.

For more information find our Fear of Recurrence leaflet here

How to contact us.

To self-refer to this group programme or if you have any questions;

Call 0141 212 0505

Email supportservices@beatsoncancercharity.org 

Leave your name and telephone number.
A member of the team will be in contact as soon as possible.

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