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You may worry that the change in your eating pattern will affect your relationships| with your partner, family and friends.
You may be anxious about what people think of you or about being rejected. Or you may feel self-conscious about eating at home or out with family or friends.
Many people find that if they talk about their concerns to those close to them, their fears are unfounded. If you find it difficult to talk about your feelings with your family, you could speak to your doctor or specialist nurse. You may find it helpful to read our section on the emotional effects of cancer|.
You may not always feel well enough to be able to cook food for yourself and the family, if you have one. If you are the person who usually prepares the meals, it may feel strange to let someone else take charge. Try not to feel guilty about letting someone else do the things you usually do. When you feel better you can take up your responsibility for cooking again.
If you live on your own and need help with cooking or shopping, contact your GP, district nurse or social worker, so that they can arrange for a home helper, meals on wheels or a local organisation to help you with cooking or shopping.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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