When treatment ends

Whether you're returning home after a stay in hospital, or have been treated as an outpatient, the end of treatment can be a significant moment in your life. But just because treatment's over, it doesn't mean that life is suddenly perfect. For many people, this is the time that extra support matters most. 

Your emotions

As well as being a milestone you might want to celebrate, it may also be a time when you begin to reflect on the enormity of what you’ve been through. This can be emotionally draining. You may also feel the loss of those who have supported you through treatment, like your nurses, doctors and other care professionals.

If what you've been through does begin to catch up with you, don't worry. It's understandable to feel this way. And it's natural for you to seek support to help you come to terms with these feelings.

"Don't expect too much from yourself. Your life is not just going to go back to normal. You're better but you're not the same person as before."

Finding extra support

After the end of treatment, it's not unusual for people to have to deal with a lot of the same issues they faced after being diagnosed and during their treatment. You may be worried about your health, troubled by side effects, have relationship problems or find it hard to cope with day-to-day problems.

A good thing to remember is that there are people and organisations you can turn to for support, not just days or weeks after finishing treatment but also months and years afterwards. 

Where next?

Updated February 2017, next review due February 2018.