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by Robyn

News about the online centre and other cancer related topics
21 November 2017 at 10:56

PTSD and cancer

You may have seen a news item today about  Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) and cancer.   Many people think that PTSD is limited to people who have been in warzones, however, it can develop after exposure to any traumatic experience including after a diagnosis of cancer and also after supporting someone else with cancer.

Symptoms  of PTSD may not be apparent until months or even years after diagnosis, indeed a  Malaysian study reported on the BBC news today  suggests a fith of people with cancer will have PTSD and a third of these will have continuing or worsening symptoms 4 years on.

Common symptoms of PTSD include feeling on red alert, having flashbacks, low mood, anger, numbed emotions, feeling tearful, not connecting with others around you  amongst many others,  each person who has PTSD may have a different mix of emotional and also  physical symptoms such as pains, dififculty sleeping, fatigue, forgetfulness......

At Maggie's we recognise that  support is often needed long after treatment has finished, If you are struggling to find that new normal  following treatment , or after caring for someone else with cancer, you are welcome to drop into any of our Centres or to contact Sue ( susieq) or me here at Maggie's Online to talk things over and help you to find the support you need.

Best wishes

 Robyn



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