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Is it normal to feel worried when I have cancer?

Yes. Even if you have been reassured that your cancer can be cured, it is very normal to feel anxious or worried when diagnosed with cancer. You may also find that your friends and loved ones experience similar feelings to this when hearing your news.

When first diagnosed with cancer, you are usually introduced to a lot of new people, and presented with a lot of new information. This in itself can be overwhelming, especially you expect to remember everything you have been told.

Scans and blood tests are normal parts of cancer planning and treatment, and even though you may them a few times during your treatment, they can be a source of anxiety, even if the scan or test is painless.

There are many aspects of cancer that can cause you to become worried.

Mindfulness and meditation have been found to improve a sense of being in the present. Some people believe that these are the same thing, but mindfulness is a type of meditation. You can find a range of books packed with mindfulness techniques, as well as aromatic balms and guided meditation CDs, in our mindfulness range, alongside a great selection of tips and tricks to help you to relax and improve your mental wellbeing. You can also find some hand-picked books and DVDs specifically designed to help give you a gentle, calming introduction to yoga and meditation.

A little bit of anxiety or stress can actually be beneficial. They can help you to identify what’s important to you, and therefore help you plan. However, if you do find that you are becoming more stressed, or that it is impacting your day-to-day life, it's important you seek out specialist help.

Many cancer hospitals and clinics do have counsellors available that you can be referred to. Psychological support can also be really valuable for people going through cancer treatment, especially if you feel you don’t have a large support group, or you're not especially comfortable speaking to the people in your support group.

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