How does having bladder cancer affect your emotional health?
During and after treatment, you may be surprised by the flood of emotions you go through. This happens to a lot of people.
You may find yourself thinking about death and dying. Or maybe you’re more aware of the effect the cancer has on your family, friends, and career. You may take a new look at your relationships with those around you. Money may be a concern if medical bills pile up. You may see your health care team less often after treatment and have more time on your hands. These changes can make some people anxious.
This is a good time to look for emotional and social support. You need people you can turn to. Support can come in many forms: family, friends, cancer support groups, church or spiritual groups, online support groups, or private counselors.
The cancer journey can feel very lonely. You don’t need to go it alone. Your friends and family may feel shut out if you decide not include them. Let them in – and let in anyone else who you feel may help. If you aren’t sure who can help, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and we can put you in touch with a group or resource that may work for you.
You can’t change the fact that you have had cancer. What you can change is how you live the rest of your life – making healthy choices and helping your body and mind feel well.
Last Medical Review: 12/03/2012
Last Revised: 01/21/2013