Being diagnosed with cancer is probably the biggest thing that’s ever happened to you. Although everyone's experience is different, there's no doubt that it will affect your life - whether that's your work or education, your relationships with people, or your outlook on life and the way you feel about yourself.
The information in this section explores how cancer may affect you, your relationships, education, work and money. It aims to offer helpful suggestions about some of the situations you may face and highlight where support can be accessed.
Visiting or staying in hospital and treatment is likely to be unfamiliar territory. It can take a while to get used to but there'll be a team of experts at your side to support you through it. Faces will become friendly and familiar, the procedures will become routine and you’ll soon feel much more at home in your surroundings.
You may have a strong bond with your parents, or you could be living with a partner or have children of your own. Whether it's parents and carers, brothers and sisters, friendships, partners or children who play the biggest role in your life, your diagnosis is likely to have a big impact on them too.
Cancer is certain to bring extra costs - whether that's from losing your income, travelling for treatment or increased bills. Don't struggle on without support. There are a range of different benefits that could help take the pressure off and plenty ways to save money.
Education and training
If you’re a student, it's often possible to continue with a course and to keep a normal routine. There are also alternative ways to continue studying, or you might need to pause for a while. It's important to get the right support and flexibility to help you.
It's likely your cancer treatment will have an impact on your working life or looking for a job. You may worry about how your employer will view your illness. As someone with cancer, you have certain rights and it's good to know about them so you can get the best support.