When cancer treatment ends, it can be a time of mixed emotions. You will probably feel relieved, but may also feel anxious and uncertain about the future. It can take time to rebuild confidence and accept what you have been through.
You may be keen to get back to doing all the things you did before cancer. But often this is not possible straight away. It may take time to recover from treatment.
There may be physical changes in the way you look. Or there may be changes in the way you speak or what you can eat. There will also be emotional changes to deal with. It is important to give yourself time to adjust.
There are organisations that can support you. Or you can speak to one of our cancer support specialists by calling the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00. We also have information about life after cancer treatment and body image, which you may find helpful.
After treatment, you may find that everyday things that you did before cancer will slowly start to fit back into your life. Going back to work and getting back to the interests you had before can be important steps forward. You can talk to your specialist or nurse about the right time to return to work or restart other activities.
Some people feel that the treatment has helped them think about their priorities. They may decide to focus more on relationships with family and friends. Or they may decide to do the things they have always wanted to do.
You may want to think about making changes to your lifestyle and find out more about healthy living. Perhaps you already followed a healthy lifestyle before your cancer. But now you may want to focus more on making the most of your health. There are things you can do to help your body recover. These can also help improve your well-being and lower your risk of getting other illnesses and some cancers.