Psychological therapy tested for fear of cancer recurrence

Acceptance and commitment therapy may be helpful, researchers say

Group-based acceptance and commitment therapy reduces fear of cancer recurrence in breast cancer survivors, results of a pilot study suggest.

Anxious middle-age woman

US researchers did a pilot randomised trial comparing group-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with survivorship education and enhanced usual care in 91 patients treated for breast cancer.

All had clinically significant fear of cancer (scores of at least 13 out of a maximum of 36 on the nine-item Fear of Cancer Recurrence Inventory-Short Form, or FCRI-SF).