How others can help you when you're having chemotherapy
There may be times when you want to be alone with your thoughts. At other times, sharing your feelings can be a relief.
Support groups can put you in touch with other people having similar treatment. Talking with other people can be a good way of discussing feelings, and you can also pick up some useful coping tips. Our cancer support specialists can give you details of your local support groups.
Our section on talking about your cancer will also help you to find ways of discussing your cancer.
Family and friends
Family and friends often want to help you. However, they may find it difficult to understand exactly what you’re going through. Good communication is really important. Just at a time when you feel your friends and family should be helping, they may stand back and wait for you to make the first move. This is often because they’re worried they may say the wrong thing, or they think you may want to cope alone. They may also be feeling quite emotional themselves.
Try to be open and honest about how your treatment is going and how you feel about it. Misunderstandings can then be avoided and family and friends are given the chance to show their love and support.
Our cancer support specialists can give you and your family information about all aspects of cancer and chemotherapy, including the practical and emotional problems of living with them.