Ask any cancer survivor about the fear of death and you will hear a common theme. The ever-present percentages and rates of survival remain lurking in the backs of minds, even in those who have a positive outlook on their cancer diagnosis. Lance Armstrong faced death and to this day remarks that he “has a healthy respect for the disease.” So, if you fear death does that mean you aren’t living up to the the ideal of LIVESTRONG? Absolutely not! If a loved one diagnosed with cancer dies, does that mean they didn’t “Live Strong”? No way!
Talking about the fear of cancer and death can be both healthy and productive. Cancer survivors and health care professionals are featured below discussing how to deal with the fear of death. This series of videos was created by LIVESTRONG and ASCO (American Society for Clinical Oncology). If you or a loved one are facing end of life concerns during cancer diagnosis, treatment or beyond, please contact our LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center. We are here to help you cope, make a plan and find the strength to face cancer you on your terms. We can help cancer survivors AND their family members deal with the fear of death. Don’t ignore your fear. Face it head on. THAT is what LIVESTRONG is all about.
Advice From Survivors:
Advice From Health Care Professionals: