How does having colorectal cancer affect your emotional health?
Once your treatment ends, you may be surprised by the flood of emotions you go through. This happens to a lot of people. You may find that you think about the effect of your cancer on things like your family, friends, and career. Money may be a concern as the medical bills pile up. Or you may begin to think about the changes that cancer has brought to your relationship with your spouse or partner. Unexpected issues may also cause concern -- for instance, as you get better and need fewer doctor visits, you will see your health care team less often. This can be hard for some people.
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 communities, 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 to 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: 10/15/2014
Last Revised: 12/31/2014