When you’re going through cancer treatment, you may experience more than just physical symptoms. Cancer can also take a toll on your emotions and mental health.
You could feel sad, overwhelmed, or fearful about not knowing what lies ahead. You may have anxiety about doctor appointments, your scans, or waiting for test results. You also may worry about your ability to keep working during cancer treatment. These are all common reactions, and it is important to know that there are no “right” or “wrong” emotions to feel during your experience with cancer and treatment.
Recognizing these feelings, knowing when to ask for support, and finding ways to manage your emotional health are important for giving your body the best chance at fighting cancer.
How your emotions and mental health can affect your body
Your treatment is more than just medicine and your treatment schedule. Managing your emotions is also important for allowing you to focus on treating your condition and dealing with the physical side effects.
Feeling stressed all of the time can be hard on your body. This can cause other health problems, make it harder for you to stay on treatment, and/or lead to unhealthy behaviors.