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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

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

Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals are available at our Cancer Support Centre to provide face-to-face emotional support to anybody affected by cancer. These sessions can be one-to-one or can be held with partners/family/friends to ensure that you are receiving the best support to you as an individual.

We understand here at Weston Park Cancer Charity that it can be difficult to navigate your feelings through a challenging time and we know that creating a safe environment where you can get some of those feelings off your chest. You can have regular appointments or see us on an ad-hoc or one-off basis so there is no need to commit to a fixed number of sessions if you don’t want to.

To learn more about our face-to-face support or to speak to one of our healthcare professionals:

  • Drop into our support centre at 23 Northumberland Road Sheffield S10 2TX or big purple bus
  • Phone on 0114 553 3330 and go through option 1
  • Email us at

We Care Calls

We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to fit in another face-to-face appointment, or you might not live near our Cancer Support Centre. Therefore, our healthcare professionals offer regular phone calls to check in with you and see how you are doing. It can be an opportunity to talk to somebody who has a background in cancer care and to see if there is anything our team can be doing to further support you.

A cancer diagnosis can feel very isolating. Whether it is you who or a loved one who is facing cancer, we don’t want you to feel like you are going through it alone and we can be there alongside you every step of the way.

To find out more or speak to one of our healthcare professionals about setting up we care calls, please call us on 0114 553 3330 and go through option 1.

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.

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.

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.