Coping with Cancer

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Bald Man with Cancer and his Wife

You may have just learned that you have cancer. Or you may be in treatment, finishing treatment, or have a friend or family member with cancer. Having cancer changes your life and the lives of those around you. The symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment may cause certain physical changes, but they can also affect the way you feel and how you live. Some of the changes you may face:

  • Different feelings come and go both during and after treatment.
  • Needing help with taking care of your children
  • Daily routines as you go to appointments and through treatment.
  • Relationships with others and knowing how to talk to them.
  • Your work-life

The information in this section is meant to help you cope with the many issues and concerns that occur when you have cancer. There are resources available to help you learn about the disease and about the people who can help you. Know that you are not alone.

For more detailed information, see our publications on coping and our evidence-based PDQ® summaries about supportive and palliative care topics.

  • Posted: December 2, 2014