When treatment ends

Right now, ending treatment may seem very far away, and you might not be ready to think about that time yet. Whenever you are ready, you may want to think about how it might affect you.

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.

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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.

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.

Extra support

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. Go to the Emotional support section for information about organisations that may help.

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Content last reviewed: November 2015
Next planned review: 2016