When cancer treatment ends, it can be difficult to know how you will feel. Some people are relieved that treatment is over. Other people are surprised to find that their feelings are more complicated than they expected.
There might be many reasons why you have a mixture of different emotions. For example:
- you have side effects or physical changes caused by the cancer or the treatment
- your role with your family, friends or at work has changed.
Rather than feeling just relieved, you may also feel sad, angry or uncertain.
People often find their own ways of coping with their feelings after treatment. For many people, feelings may become easier to manage with time. But some people struggle with their feelings for a longer time after treatment has ended. You may be shocked or confused by the emotions you are feeling. If you had low moods or depression before, these problems are sometimes worse after treatment.