Coping with Cancer

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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.

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. See our publications on coping and our evidence-based PDQ® summaries about supportive and palliative care topics. Know that you are not alone.

Feelings and Cancer

Ways to cope with your emotions and manage the emotional effects of cancer, including anger, fear, stress, and depression.

Adjusting to Cancer

Information that helps you and your family face life’s changes from cancer. Includes talking with your doctors, talking to children, changes for the family, and information on cancer support groups.

Self-Image & Sexuality

Cancer and its treatment can change how you look and feel about yourself and your body. There are steps you can take to cope with body changes and issues related to sexuality and intimacy.

Day-to-Day Life

Information addressing day-to-day life of cancer treatment, including keeping up with your daily routine, going back to work, your faith and spirituality, and the financial challenges.

Support for Caregivers

If you are helping your family member or friend through cancer treatment, you are a caregiver. Being a caregiver can be stressful in many ways. Learn tips for how to care for yourself while caring for others.


Information about survivorship after cancer treatment, how to plan for follow-up care, and the physical, emotional, and family issues you may face after treatment.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Cancer

Sets of questions, organized by topic, that cancer patients may want to ask their doctors or other members of their health care team to learn more about their cancer and what to expect.


Find research articles on coping with cancer, which may include news stories, clinical trials, blog posts, and descriptions of active studies.