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Managing emotionally

Cancer affects all areas of life, including your emotions. You may feel frightened, overwhelmed, anxious or you may even find it hard to believe that you have cancer when you are first told.

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You may experience several different emotions when facing cancer.

Common thoughts about cancer include:

  • I couldn’t believe it when they told me it was cancer
  • I’m worried about my job
  • I’m worried about my cancer returning
  • I’m overwhelmed by anxiety
  • I don’t know how to tell people
  • I’m worried about money
  • I blame myself for the cancer
  • I feel guilty for surviving
  • I’m worried about dying

There are lots of different reactions to a cancer diagnosis.

It’s the reason we’re here to help you emotionally, as we get through this – together at every step.

When you come to us, we are here to:

  • Provide one-to-one support with a healthcare professional
  • Provide information about how to tell friends and family
  • Help restore your confidence after breast cancer
  • Provide you with tools and techniques to enhance your wellbeing
  • Connect you with local cancer support groups

One-to-one cancer support

If you are affected by cancer, our team of specialist healthcare professionals are here to support you with friendly, knowledgeable, free advice.

All of our Healthcare Professionals have experience of caring for people living with cancer in their lifetimes – meaning you are never further than a phone call away from expert in cancer care.

You can access our one-to-one support services remotely or face-to-face at Weston Park Cancer Support on Northumberland Road.

Complementary therapies

Our therapies are delivered by experienced therapists, who can also offer a variety of tips and self-help techniques to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing.

How to tell people

Having cancer can mean you need to talk about your diagnosis with other people – friends and family, work colleagues and the wider community.


One of the most effective techniques of managing anxieties is mindfulness.

Bereavement support

Whether you have lost a friend, partner or a relative to cancer recently or a few years ago, we are here to help.

Support groups

There are lots of cancer support groups in our region. We have details of many of them and you can search our online database to find a group local to you.

Sheffield Cancer Choir

Sheffield Cancer Choir is the first choir of its kind in Sheffield, supporting those affected by cancer and Sheffield's cancer hospital and services.