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Feelings after breast cancer

It’s likely that women will experience a range of emotions once treatment for breast cancer is over.Feelings can range from relief that treatment is over, happiness about being able to return to things that are important, nervousness about what the future holds, or a sense of isolation because regular appointments with the treatment team have stopped.

Some women feel uncertain about the future and worried about life after breast cancer. Women manage these uncertainties in different ways. Living with uncertainty can be upsetting or overwhelming. For some people, uncertainty can be the motivation to make changes in their life.

It’s important that once treatment is over you continue to share your feelings with those close to you and seek help from a health professional if needed. Some women find it helpful to join a support group or talk to other women who have been through a similar experience.

This section talks about how women and those close to them may feel once treatment is over. There are pages that deal with specific feelings and issues such as fear of recurrence, loss, depression, isolation and sense of self. Links are provided to additional resources and sources of information.

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If any of your feelings are overwhelming you or preventing you from sleeping or doing everyday activities, talk to your doctor, nurse or another health professional. Treatments and therapies are available and can help.