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by Robyn

News about the online centre and other cancer related topics
19 January 2018 at 12:55

Cancer and personal relationships

Diagnosis and treatment for cancer can lead to many emotional and also physical changes. These can in turn affect personal relationships , during treatment and also longer term.

Effects vary between individuals and may include changes in mood, personality, appearance, self image, fatigue as well ,lack of mobility , pain, loss of sexual function. discomfort (or fear of both). Either of you may also be struggling with adjusting to the balance between being a carer and being a partner

These changes can bring you closer together as a couple however, they can also create additional pressure on a relationship. You may feel you are drifting apart from your partner or, if you are single be concerned about starting a new relationship.

Opening the channels of communication is often the most helpful thing however, it can be hard to do. Many people feel embarrassed or not welcome to start conversations about sex or relationships with Healthcare professionals and you may also find it difficult to raise the topic with your partner. Research has also shown that healthcare professional often fail to ask about personal relationships, for fear of offending someone or because they are embarrassed or because they assume patients will ask if they are concerned.

The result is that often, personal relationships don’t get much air time ……

If you are concerned about the effects of cancer on personal relationships You are welcome visit any of our Centres or to message Sue or me online to talk things over in more detail .

You may also find our section on personal relationships on our information website, Maggie’s CancerLinks, helpful .

Best wishes

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