We've teamed up with young adult fiction writer and advice columnist Matt Whyman to answer your questions about relationships and sex. Matt's been helped by cancer experts and people who may have been through similar experiences to you.
Matt says: Managing your love life is challenging at the best of times. When you're also undergoing cancer treatment it's important you have access to the support you need to continue making the most of this aspect of your life.
Relationships aren't for everyone of course, but whatever your experience it's worth knowing that advice is on hand to help deal with strong feelings or difficult situations. Here are my answers to some of your questions.
- I've met someone new, and I'm not sure if it's the right time to tell her I have cancer.
- My girlfriend's attitude towards our relationship is changing now that I have cancer. What can I do?
- My treatment means I can't see my girlfriend very often, and it's making me miserable. How can we keep our relationship strong while we're apart?
- I'm with someone who is also having cancer treatment. How will this affect us?
- I've just broken up with my boyfriend, right in the middle of treatment, and it feels like I can't cope.
- I'm single and living with cancer. I want to be in a relationship but I'm worried nobody will be interested.
- I've heard cancer treatment may affect my appearance. Now I keep thinking it means my boyfriend might go off me.
- Cancer is affecting my body in so many ways. Can it affect sex, too?
- Sex hurts since I've started treatment. What's going on?
- What about treatment and oral sex?
- I've been told to use contraception while I'm having cancer treatment. Why is that?
- My partner and I are hoping to have children. Will cancer and treatment change things?
- I've been getting to grips with my sexuality. How is cancer going to affect this?
Talking to others
- It's awkward to talk about sex. How do I raise the subject with my boyfriend and my care team?
- Suddenly my parents are really involved in my life again. How can I get some privacy?
- Who can help me with sex and relationship problems?
Other advice and support
Your care team is the best place to start. They may be able to help or tell you about additional services in your area. Find out more about where to get advice and support.
You can also contact CLIC Sargent and we'll put you through to someone who can help. Telephone: 0300 330 0803 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Content added: November 2015
Review due: November 2017