Life after treatment for breast cancer
After treatment you’ll probably be keen to get back to doing the things you did before your cancer diagnosis. But you may still be coping with the side effects of treatment, such as tiredness or hair loss, and also with some difficult emotions. Recovery takes time, so try not to be hard on yourself.
It’s not unusual to feel anxious and even a bit isolated at this time. Women often worry about the cancer coming back and that any ache or pain is a sign that it has returned. It’s important to talk over any concerns or questions that you have with your cancer specialist, breast care nurse or GP – you don’t need to wait until your follow-up appointments. They can tell you if there’s anything you should or should not be doing, and how to make the most of your health.
Our section on Life after cancer treatment discusses how to cope after treatment.
Here we discuss some of the problems women face after treatment for breast cancer, how they can be improved and things you can do to help yourself.