Challenges to Finding Meaning from Cancer Treatment

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Wendy Lichtenthal, a clinical psychologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, says that the urge to lead a more meaningful life after cancer often leads to a period of adjustment and a reorganization of priorities. Many cancer survivors cope with physical limitations or psychological changes that can challenge their identities and sense of self. Some feel disconnected from relationships, activities, and other sources of meaning, while others miss the structure of treatment and feel anxious that their disease may return.