Many people now live for a long time after cancer treatment. After a cancer diagnosis, people are often kept very busy and preoccupied with medical appointments and the demands of treatment. The end of treatment may be a time when you realise the impact cancer had on you, your family and friends.
Challenges will vary depending on the type of cancer and treatment you had, and your personal situation. Although you might feel pressure to return to normal life, you may find that you don’t want your life to return to how it was before cancer.
Fear of the cancer coming back
Feeling anxious or frightened about the cancer coming back (recurrence) is a common concern for cancer survivors. This fear may affect your physical wellbeing, ability to enjoy life and make plans for the future. Some survivors describe it as a dark cloud or a shadow over your life.
Support after cancer treatment
Many people find they need support after treatment finishes. Cancer Council offers many professional services and support programs that are here to help you.
Find out more about:
- Phone support
- Email support
- Cancer counselling
- Practical support
- Support programs
- Support groups
- Information sessions
You don’t have to face cancer alone – we’re here to help.
Taking control of your health
Cancer survivors may benefit from maintaining or adopting a healthier lifestyle after their cancer treatment. Research suggests that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important ways to protect against many types of cancer. Research also shows that some people who have had cancer may be at an increased risk of other health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes. While more research needs to be done in this area, the lifestyle changes recommended for cancer prevention may also help reduce the risk of the cancer coming back or a new cancer developing, and can also help prevent other health problems, such as heart problems and arthritis.