Mental health when you are diagnosed with cancer (Quick Guide)

Feeling overwhelmed and out of control is common when you are first diagnosed with cancer. But there is support available and things you can do.

Mental health during and after cancer treatment

It is common to struggle with your mental health when you have cancer. This can happen at diagnosis, during treatment or once treatment has finished.

Mental health when caring for someone with cancer

Caring for the needs of someone with cancer can be a satisfying and positive thing. It can also be difficult. But there is support available to help you.

How cancer can make you feel

After a diagnosis of cancer, you might have a range of feelings including fear, sadness, anxiety and depression. These are normal responses to a stressful life experience.

Where to get support for mental health

There is no one type of support that is best for everyone, and different things work for different people at different times. It is OK to stop a type of support if it is not working for you.

Counselling and cancer

Counselling can help you come to terms with your cancer. Understanding what it is and how it can help, can help you decide if it is right for you.

Talking to children about cancer

Cancer is a difficult topic to talk about. You might have doubts or concerns which stop you talking to your kids about a cancer diagnosis. It is not easy to decide what or when to tell them.

Coping with special occasions

Your cancer or treatment may mean that you may have trouble joining in celebrations on special occasions. 

Last reviewed: 
07 Nov 2022
Next review due: 
07 Nov 2025