The Aftermath of a Diagnosis: Anxiety

smiley_anxiousThe New York Times published an interesting article (Anxiety Lingers Long After Cancer) today about carees with cancer and their caregiving spouses. The study uncovered a symptom of a cancer diagnosis: Anxiety.

According to the article:

“Nearly 18 percent of patients experienced serious anxiety two to 10 years after their diagnosis, compared with about 14 percent of the general population. But in a cluster of studies that looked at couples, anxiety levels in that time frame grew to as high as 28 percent in patients and 40 percent in their spouses.”

I wonder: Does this stat resonate with you? Do you feel that anxiety has become a side effect of your caree’s diagnosis? Please share your thoughts and experiences in our comments section, below.

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2 Comments on "The Aftermath of a Diagnosis: Anxiety"

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Jul 12, 2013

Oh my yes . . . in my post that is pending unable to rest . . .
I already have ‘anxiety’ and hiding is a manifestation as such . .
so yes! Especially with the visceral responses I have to my father yelling and my mom’s dementia. Yup, big time. (((hugs))) il

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Jul 12, 2013

Actually, with me it was the other way around. I saw my partner decline a bit at a time for years, but couldn’t get a diagnosis, partly due to both her lack of insight and my lack of legal authority. When I finally got POA and — for lack of a better term — forced the issue, we went through years of testing, specialists, and preliminary diagnoses that were not definitive. When we finally got a definitive diagnosis, agreed upon by three specialists, I felt relief. Here at last was something I could point to. We still live with a tremendous amount of uncertainty, but that uncertainty now has a tighter focus and feels less to me like limbo.