Cancer and your emotions

After a diagnosis of cancer you might have a range of feelings including fear, sadness, anxiety and depression. Read about how to manage these feelings.  

Shock and denial

How to cope with your feelings of shock and denial and how family and friends might feel.

Fear, anxiety and panic

Fear, anxiety and panic are difficult feelings to manage. Read about how to cope with these feelings and who can help.

Guilt, blame and anger

Read about the feelings of guilt, blame and anger that you may have and how talking can help.

Coping with sadness

Find out what you can do to help yourself cope with sadness when you have cancer.


Depression is different from feeling sad, it is an illness and needs treatment. 

Trying to stay positive

Being positive and thinking positively can help you cope with cancer, but it is natural to also feel upset and frightened sometimes.

Managing your emotions

There are things you can do to help yourself manage your feelings and emotions.

Last reviewed: 
03 Sep 2019
Coronavirus and cancer

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