It’s likely that you will experience a range of emotions once treatment for cancer is over. Feelings might include 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 people feel uncertain about the future and worried about life after cancer. People manage these uncertainties in different ways – some people feel upset or overwhelmed, others use the uncertainty as motivation to make changes in their lives.
It’s important that you continue to share your feelings with people who are close to you, and seek help from a health professional if you need it. Some people find it helpful to join a support group or talk to other people who have been through a similar experience.
This section talks about how you and those close to you may feel once treatment is over.
It includes pages and links about:
- feelings when cancer treatment is over
- finding a ‘new normal’
- fear of recurrence
- feelings of loss
- feelings of isolation
- anxiety and depression
- not sure how you feel?
- finding support.
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 that can help you.