Banishing Fear after a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013

Coping with Cancer magazine recently invited me to write an article on facing fear after a cancer diagnosis.

In my role as director of psychiatry at Fox Chase Cancer Center, I help patients and families confront cancer on a daily basis. While no one wants to be afraid, fear is a natural response to an unexpected situation. It helps to prepare you for the an uncertain future.

A diagnosis of cancer often stirs up the worst fears a person can have – dying, leaving your spouse and children, being a burden to your family, etc. In my article, “Money for the Toll Road: Banishing Fear after a Cancer Diagnosis,” I delve into this topic and suggest coping mechanisms.

If you have any questions about confronting a cancer diagnosis, or want to refer a patient, please contact the Department of Psychiatry.

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Karen Mechanic, MD

About Karen Mechanic, MD

Dr. Mechanic is the former Director of Psychiatry at Fox Chase Cancer Center.