Managing emotional changes due to cancer

People describe a number of feelings after a diagnosis of cancer. A diagnosis of cancer can also have a significant impact on a person’s family and friends. It’s likely that feelings will change or become more intense at different points in the cancer journey. Some people say their feelings are strongest when they’re first diagnosed. Others say their emotions hit them later when they have time to reflect on what has happened. For many people these feelings ease with time.

This section describes how a diagnosis of cancer can affect a person, their family, partner and children and provides information about how to access help and support.

People who are experiencing feelings that are overwhelming them or preventing them from sleeping or doing everyday activities should talk to a member of their healthcare team. Treatments and support are available and can help.