Coping with cancer
If you've been diagnosed with cancer, you may need help dealing with the impact on your mental wellbeing.
Getting support for depression
It’s not unusual to feel sad and low when you’re dealing with cancer, with one in four people experiencing depression after their diagnosis. If you think you’ve got depression, it’s important to reach out and seek help as soon as you need it
Your doctor will be able to recommend several treatments, including counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medicines.
Dealing with anxiety
A cancer diagnosis can cause you to worry about the impact it will have on your family and your future. You may also feel anxious about tests and treatment. Sometimes anxiety can start to manifest physically, resulting in shortness of breath or panic attacks.
Opening up and talking about your worries can make a huge difference to your mental wellbeing. You could talk to a counsellor, a support group or your friends and family – whatever helps you cope.
Eating well during and after cancer
Eating a well-balanced diet is important for everyone, especially if you have cancer. Many people find that they lose weight when they have cancer, which can be due to cancer treatments like chemotherapy. Eating well can not only help you keep your strength up, it can also improve your mental wellbeing.
Once you’ve finished your cancer treatment, it can feel like a huge relief. It’s not uncommon to feel a little lost too. You may need time to recover, both physically and emotionally.
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