Life after cancer treatment

Being told that your treatment has been successful and you are free from cancer is wonderful news. Finishing treatment does not mean the end of your cancer journey, though. It can take some time for you to return to a more normal life and for your body and mind to recover. In this section you will find information and support about coping with life after your cancer treatment.

Talk to us on our Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700
Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm  and Friday 9am-5pm.

Even after you have finished treatment for cancer you may still experience side-effects.

We are here to offer more information, support and tips to help you deal with some common side-effects you may have after your treatment has finished.

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After a cancer diagnosis, many people want to make positive changes to their lives. Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle can be a big part of these changes.

Read more about how diet and lifestyle can help you heal and recover faster and cope with the side-effects of treatment.

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After any serious illness, people may face practical problems. Practical problems you may face include: financial issues, returning to work, life insurance and travel insurance.
We can give practical support and help you find who to contact for help and advice.
The end of treatment is a time when people often expect to feel relieved, happy and able to get on with life again.   But it isn’t unusual to feel quite low and lost, especially during the first few months.   
We have some tips for coping and helping yourself.

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When your treatment is finished, you will need regular check-ups. Depending on the type of cancer that you have had, your check-ups may continue for several years.


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