Your feelings

You may find that coping with cancer and chemotherapy can sometimes make you feel anxious, afraid or even depressed.

Sometimes these feelings can be triggered by things like having to change your daily routine to fit in with chemotherapy. Or it may be something more obvious like a particular side effect or the risk of infertility. It’s natural to have these feelings during your treatment.

Everyone needs some support during difficult times and having cancer is one of the most stressful situations you’re likely to face. It’s often helpful to talk over your feelings with your family or close friends.

You can also talk to your doctor, specialist nurse or a social worker about how you’re feeling. It’s important to let them know if you’re struggling or think you may be depressed. They can arrange more support or refer you to a counsellor or doctor who specialises in emotional problems of people with cancer. They may also prescribe an antidepressant or anti-anxiety drug for you.

Our information on the emotional effects of cancer may help you cope with your feelings and emotions.

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Where can you have chemotherapy?

You usually have chemotherapy in a chemotherapy day unit or clinic. If your treatment is more complex, you may need to stay in hospital.