For many people the first few weeks after the diagnosis are very stressful. You may have trouble thinking, eating or sleeping. Common responses to a diagnosis of cancer include feeling shocked, angry, scared, anxious, sad or depressed. Some people feel a sense of loneliness or isolation or that they have lost their identity. Others blame themselves for their cancer or find themselves questioning why cancer has happened to them.

It is crucial that you take steps to enhance your wellbeing at this time to help you adapt to the stress that you are facing. Nurturing your body and mind by eating nourishing food, doing some enjoyable physical activity, and taking some time out to do meditation or relax can help you to feel more balanced and improve your vitality.

Having support and seeking help when needed is also an important aspect of living with a diagnosis of cancer.

There are many different sources of support:

  • the treatment team can provide support and advice
  • sharing feelings with your partner or another family member or friend can be helpful
  • some people find it helpful to talk to other people who have experienced cancer
  • some people seek help from a specialist or ask for additional therapy.