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Macmillan Cancer Support Services

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Getting a diagnosis

Finding out that you have cancer can be a shock, even if you already suspected it. These days, many people are cured of cancer or are able to live with it for many years. But being diagnosed can still cause different fears and emotions. There is no right or wrong way to feel.

It is important to understand what type of cancer you have. If the cancer is advanced, we have more information to support you.

If you have been diagnosed, there are some common thoughts and concerns you may have:

  • Losing your independence – there are things you can do to prepare for treatment that will help you stay as independent as possible.
  • Family or friends treating you differently – it is important to remember that the people close to you are there to support you.
  • Money worries – there are lots of different options that can help you organise your finances.
  • Work – everyone who is diagnosed with cancer has certain rights in the workplace.
  • Making changes to your lifestyle – after a cancer diagnosis some people want to make changes to their lifestyle.
  • Uncertainty – not knowing what the future holds can be one of the hardest things to deal with when you are diagnosed with cancer.

It is natural to worry about these things and to be upset by them. It is fine to cry and say how you feel. But remember that help is available.

If you need to talk, we'll listen. Call us free on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm.

Updated October 2021

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