Work after treatment for cancer
Even though cancer treatment may have lasting effects, many people who have had cancer are still able to work hard and effectively.
People often expect to feel glad once treatment has ended, and think that they’ll be able to put the cancer behind them and go back to their normal lives. Some people are able to do this. But many people find this can often be a difficult time as they adjust to all they have been through and the impact it has had.
It’s normal to feel tired for several months after treatment and it takes time to recover your usual energy levels. Many people take time to make other adjustments in their life following cancer. This can include making changes to their diet, how they use their spare time, their sex life and their relationships.
People can experience many different emotions after cancer and its treatment. They may be afraid that the cancer will come back and that they’ll have to go through further treatment. They may wonder about whether the cancer has been cured. Some people may feel depressed for a while.
Often, these feelings gradually become less frequent and after some time, most people begin to enjoy life again. However, some people may need support and help in coping with their emotions. Some people find a support group helpful. Others will find seeing a counsellor helpful.
You will usually continue to see your GP or go to hospital for check-up appointments for a few years after your treatment.
We have more information about life after cancer treatment.