Ensuring Your Psychological Wellbeing

Research suggests having cancer can lead to psychological concerns, and they are some of the most frequently unmet needs both at the end of treatment and beyond. 

The impact of having cancer at any stage in life can result in depression, anxiety, and difficulties within both established and new relationships. It’s incredibly important to have access to information and advice on coping with these problems, as well as being aware of when to seek help. Early adulthood is a difficult enough stage of life to navigate, even without cancer, so in this section, as well as providing general information; we’ll also discuss specific topics that are relevant to young adults.


I actually found life much more difficult after my treatment had ended. I can look back now and see that I always had a pre-disposition to feeling anxious and that my illness brought it out in me. This reached a critical point about 18 months after treatment had finished. I went to see my GP who diagnosed me with depression and an anxiety disorder. I began taking anti-depressants and had Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which helped a great deal. I now attend a Late Effects Clinic that specifically deals with problems that can arise in survivorship for those previously treated for cancer.


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I took full advantage of any days when I was well and would fight back against my illness by getting out in nature, swimming in the sea and camping out with friends.


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