Coping with changes

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it’s hard to know what to expect. In the early days after diagnosis, your main focus might be learning about cancer and working with your healthcare team to come up with a treatment plan. But medical issues are only one part of living with cancer.

Newly diagnosed

When you are first diagnosed with cancer, you might feel overwhelmed, like you can’t cope with so much to learn and so many decisions to make. For most people, cancer changes everything.

Emotions and family

Cancer can affect almost every part of your life. It can affect your emotions and how you feel about yourself. And it can affect your relationship with your family, friends and co-workers. Your family can include your spouse or partner and people who are related to you – your children, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Or your family can simply be people in your life who you love and who love and support you.

Your emotions and cancer

Everyone reacts to a cancer diagnosis in their own way. You may cope better if you understand the emotional effects of cancer. You may also be able to help loved ones who are feeling anxious. 

Talking about cancer

There isn’t a right or wrong way to talk about cancer. But it’s good to talk. When people know what you’re going through, they usually want to help.

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Family life

Sometimes family relationships can be negatively affected by a cancer diagnosis. But other families grow stronger. When you have cancer, your role in your family may change.

Feeling your best

A wellness plan can make you feel better by helping you deal with the side effects of cancer, improve physical strength, manage stress and reduce your risk of developing a second cancer.