Too many people affected by cancer are coping without support
Having cancer can be very hard to cope with. There is no right or wrong way to feel. Everyone is different and people will deal with things differently. Being told you have cancer, or that cancer has returned, can leave people feeling shocked, upset and very isolated. There are so many questions to be answered and so many feelings to deal with. Many people have a range of feelings including fear, sadness, anxiety and depression.
Cancer United offers the environment new members need to spend time with other people who share or understand a cancer experience as they know they will be met with acceptance and understanding. This simple act of sharing can make an enormous difference to the way those affected by cancer feel. A study of people living with and beyond cancer includes reports of being insufficiently prepared for the potential impact that a cancer diagnosis might have on their lives, of a corresponding lack of information about coping strategies that might mitigate these, and of feeling ‘cut adrift’ by the healthcare system once primary treatment had been completed.