Common responses to a diagnosis of breast cancer include feeling shocked, angry, scared, anxious, sad or depressed. Some women feel a sense of loneliness or isolation or that they have lost their identity.
Others blame themselves for their breast cancer or find themselves questioning why breast cancer has happened to them.Having support and seeking help when needed is an important aspect of living with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
There are many different sources of support:
- the treatment team can provide support and advice
- sharing feelings with your partner or another family member or friend can be helpful
- some women find it helpful to talk to other women who have experienced breast cancer
- some women seek help from a specialist or ask for additional therapy.
Find out more about:
- After diagnosis
- Talking to people
- Antidepressants and cancer
- Cancer and self-confidence
- Hair loss
- Effects on your sex life
- Regaining sexual confidence
- Impact of diagnosis on partners
- Impact of diagnosis on family and friends
- Impact of diagnosis on children
- What you as a partner can do
- People in same-sex relationships
- What if I don't have a partner?
- Anxiety and depression
- Knowing whether feelings are ‘normal’
- What can help manage emotional feelings after breast cancer?
- Impact of breast cancer on sexuality and intimacy
For more information about feelings once treatment is over see the Life after breast cancer section.