Living with chemotherapy

Chemotherapy might affect your everyday life, from the way you feel to socialising and holidays. You can get tips and support to help you cope. 

Everyday life during chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can affect you physically and emotionally. Most people have ups and downs during treatment, but support is available. 

Social life, alcohol and other activities during chemotherapy

With a bit of planning and a few precautions, your social life can still go ahead. You might like to plan a holiday. 

Diabetes and chemotherapy

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar may need closer monitoring while you are having treatment.  

Immunisations and cancer treatment

Your resistance to infection can sometimes be low if you have or have recently had some cancer treatments. There are some vaccinations you shouldn't have when you have low immunity because they could make you feel very ill. 

Using hair dye and hair treatments after chemotherapy

When you are recovering from chemotherapy, your hair is more fragile than usual so it is best to avoid some treatments for around 6 months.

Last reviewed: 
27 Aug 2020
Next review due: 
27 Aug 2023