Family relationships

Cancer is almost certainly going to change the relationships you have with people in your life. Some will become stronger, while others may become strained.

My mum was really supportive. She tried to show that she wasn't scared, and she stayed strong for me.

It’s natural to feel short-tempered and snappy sometimes. But do be aware that many of the people you care about will be deeply affected by what’s happening to you as well. This can lead them to act differently.

If their behaviour becomes annoying or frustrating, try to talk to them about it. Or if you find this difficult, speak to a member of your care team. They may be able to help you find a way to tackle the problem.

Content last reviewed: November 2015
Next planned review: 2016