Anxiety

Anxiety is an emotional and/or physiologic response that is a common experience among patients coping with any cancer diagnosis. Anxiety responses can range from normal reactions to extreme dysfunction that can affect decision making, adherence to treatment, and numerous aspects of quality of life and function. Anxiety can occur at different times throughout different phases of cancer care. Usually, anxiety is highest shortly after diagnosis and decreases over time; however, 20%–30% of patients continue to experience anxiety after completion of treatment.

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2017 - 2019 Authors
Diane G. Cope, RN, PhD, ARNP-BC, AOCNP®, Helene Coignet, RN, OCN®, Susanne Conley, RN, MSN, CPON®, AOCNS®, Ashley Doherty, MPH, BSN, RN, Lorraine Drapek, RN, AOCNP®, FNP-BC, Kaitlin Feldenzer, BSN, RN, OCN®, CHPN, Tammie L. Sherner, MSN, APRN-CNS, Patsy Smith, RN, PhD, Thiruppavai Sundaramurthi, PhD, RN, CCRN, OCN®, and Deborah K. Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®
ONS Staff: Margaret M. Irwin, PhD, RN, MN, Christine M. Maloney, BA, Kerri A. Moriarty, MLS, and Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS
 
2008 - 2016 Authors
Angelia Berkowitz, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Helene Coignet, RN, OCN®, Susanne Conley, RN, MSN, CPON®, AOCNS®, Diane G. Cope, RN, PhD, ARNP-BC, AOCNP®, Ashley Doherty, MPH, BSN, RN, Amy H. Dolce, RN, APN, MS, AOCN®, CHPN, Lorraine Drapek, RN, AOCNP®, FNP-BC, Kaitlin Feldenzer, BSN, RN, OCN®, CHPN, Patricia J. Friend, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, Caryl D. Fulcher, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, Hee-Ju Kim, PhD, RN, OCN®, Shamsha Lalwani, RN, Kathy Marsh, RN, Tammie L. Sherner, MSN, APRN-CNS, Patsy Smith, RN, PhD, Julie A. Summers, RN, BSN, Thiruppavai Sundaramurthi, PhD, RN, CCRN, OCN®, Susan A. Swanson, RN, MS, AOCN®, Meghan L. Underhill, PhD, RN, AOCNS®, and Deborah K. Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®
Research Consultant: Terry A. Badger, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN
ONS Staff: Linda H. Eaton, MN, RN, AOCN®, Margaret M. Irwin, PhD, RN, MN, Christine M. Maloney, BA, Kerri A. Moriarty, MLS, and Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS

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