Living with cancer

Getting back to daily living

It is not unusual to experience a range of emotions after treatment, from feeling very low to feeling really good. You may find your moods are up and down for several weeks or longer. This is normal. If your mood becomes low and stays low over a period of time, this can be a symptom of depression and you should ask for help from your doctor or nurse. Some people find that they have an emotional reaction to their illness much later on. It may be helpful to talk to a counsellor or a member of a cancer support group. 

You can find more information about who to talk to in the Talking about your cancer section of this website.

As time goes by you are likely to visit the hospital for check-ups less often. Some people have very few hospital appointments after treatment and are checked by their GP's instead. Others may be monitored for a number of years even if their treatment has gone very well. If you notice any worrying signs or symptoms between appointments, contact your hospital doctor, specialist nurse or GP.

You should discuss any return to work with your doctor and ensure that your cancer and its treatment has not affected your entitlement to insurance or driving licence.

If you have been affected by cancer in some way and would like to talk to someone about what you have read or need help finding information - you are welcome to drop into any Maggie’s Centre or to visit Maggie’s Online Centre and talk with a cancer support specialist.