Finding Out You Have Cancer – You’re Not Alone

//Finding Out You Have Cancer – You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone.

Being told you have cancer can be difficult to deal with. Everyone reacts in their own way and it can be hard to take in everything that you are told. You can always go back to see your doctor or nurse another time to talk things over again. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for something to be explained again. Understanding your diagnosis is a good start to understanding the treatment and care that you will get.

Living With Cancer

It is natural to have many different thoughts and feelings after a cancer diagnosis. Some people feel upset, shocked or anxious, while others feel angry, guilty or alone. There is no right way for you to feel.

Emotions can be difficult for you, and people close to you, to deal with. You may find that some feelings pass with time, while others last longer. Try to find a way of coping that suits you.

It is impossible to know how you will react to a diagnosis of cancer. Common feelings include:

  • shock and denial
  • fear and anxiety
  • guilt
  • sadness and depression
  • anger.

You may also have different feelings if your doctor has told you your cancer is advanced.

There are many ways to manage your emotions. Sharing your thoughts and feelings is often a good place to start. Try talking with someone close. Remember, help is always available if you need it. If you are struggling to cope, speak to your doctor, family or friends.

The way you feel can influence the way you cope with cancer and its treatment. But there is no evidence that feelings can affect the cancer itself.

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