Life after treatment for older people
It can take a while to recover from the effects of treatment. There are things you can do that might help.
Some people may continue to feel tired for up to a year or more after treatment has ended. It’s important to look after yourself at this time. Don't expect too much or pretend that you’re fine if you are not. It can help to talk to your cancer specialist about when you can start doing the things you enjoy again, such as exercise or other activities.
I accepted what had happened. That’s half the battle. I took the attitude, “There’s life after this, life can still go on.”
Many people expect to feel pleased and relieved and able to get on with life again once treatment ends. In fact they often feel depressed, alone and abandoned. These feelings are a normal part of adjusting to life after cancer treatment. You may feel unsure of what lies ahead. And you may worry about whether the cancer will come back. However, most people find that these feelings get better as time goes on.
Some people celebrate their recovery by spending more time with family and friends or taking a long-planned holiday. If you’re planning a holiday abroad, we have information about travel and getting travel insurance.
You may find it helpful to read our section about life after cancer treatment, which discusses ways to stay healthy and adjust to life after treatment.
Questions about life after treatment
You can download this table of questions you may have about life after treatment [PDF, 110kb]. The table also suggests who may be able to answer each question.
Download our leaflet with advice about what could help you after treatment.
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