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What if I don’t have a partner?

Finding a new partner can seem daunting after cancer treatment. You may be worried about how a new partner will react to your cancer, even if your body appears unchanged.

Deciding when to tell a new partner can be difficult. You may want to wait until you’ve been out a few times and feel it could develop into a relationship before sharing the information. It may help to show them any body changes before any sexual activity so that you can both get used to how that makes you feel. Ultimately, you need to rely on your own judgment about what to say and when.

If a new relationship doesn’t work out, don’t automatically blame the cancer. Remember that not every relationship worked before you had cancer. Sharing your concerns with someone who has been in a similar situation can help.