Emotions and cancer

For many people, a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event. We hope this information will help you understand the common reactions people have when they are diagnosed with cancer. It offers a range of suggestions for managing the physical effects of the diagnosis, coping with the diagnosis, as well as how to get support. As a cancer diagnosis affects not only you, but also your family and friends, there are practical tips on how to talk to others about your diagnosis and how they can help.

This information was last reviewed in January 2016
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