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Coping with cancer and your emotions

We are here to help with the emotional and practical issues you and your loved ones might face following a cancer diagnosis.

How we feel can affect us both physically and emotionally. It helps to be open and honest about how you feel. There is no right or wrong way to do this – do whatever feels right for you.

Support groups and online communities can be a good way to talk to people in a similar situation.

It’s important to look after yourself too. Try to take regular breaks, eat healthily and find time to do something you enjoy. Let yourself switch off for a while and release tension if you need to. You might find relaxation techniques helpful, especially if you’re having trouble sleeping.

If your feelings are very strong, it can sometimes be difficult to think and act normally. Usually, this only lasts a short time. But if your feelings stop you from living normally for a long period of time, you may need extra help.

Some people find it hard to talk about their feelings with the people close to them. They might worry about upsetting them or breaking down in front of them. If you’d like to talk to someone else, you may find it helpful to speak to the Macmillan Information & Support team or to access Macmillan Cancer Supports online community

More information available using links below

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