Cancer, you and your partner
This information is about how cancer can affect your relationship with your partner. It aims to help you understand some of the practical and emotional issues, and discusses what may help.
Many cancers can now be cured, and some treatments have become easier to cope with.
However, finding out that you have cancer can be emotionally difficult for all involved. This is not an unusual response.
The effect cancer may have on your life will depend on many things, including the type of cancer, the recommended treatment and its side effects, the aim of the treatment and the likely outcome of your cancer (prognosis), and your lifestyle. It’s important to remember that there isn’t a ‘right’ way to cope with cancer. How you and your partner deal with it will depend on your individual personalities, your life experiences and how each of you copes with difficult situations.
Being diagnosed with a serious illness can be hard for you as an individual, but it can also affect your partner and put a strain on the relationship.
How cancer affects your relationship with your partner may depend on the level of commitment in your relationship, how long you have been living with the diagnosis, how it affects your day-to-day life and how well you understand the changes you and your partner are going through.
If you have a family
If you and your partner have children, you may want some information to help them understand what you’re going through. Our section on talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer may help you.