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Life after cancer webchat – Tuesday 10 September

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Join us in the chatroom on Tuesday 10 September from 12-1pm and get your questions answered on life after cancer. 

Your experts for the webchat will be Heidi Lindenstock, a specialist nurse from the Macmillan Support Line, and Richard Hunt, who is working in vocational rehabilitation. Heidi will be here to answer your questions on the physical and emotional consequences of cancer, while Richard will be covering getting back to work. 

Completing your treatment, or hearing the news that your scans show no sign of cancer is definitely a cause for celebration, but it isn’t always the end of the journey. Many people find that the impact can continue to affect them for some time afterwards. 

Physical and emotional consequences

Cancer is one of the toughest things that most of us will ever have to face, and it’s understandable that the emotional impact can stay with you for some time. Many people find it difficult to cope with the worry that their cancer might return, or feel isolated from friends and family by what they’ve experienced. 

One in four people who have previously been diagnosed with cancer are still facing poor health or disability. The most common issues are fatigue, sexual difficulties and mental health problems.

To take part in the chat, join us in the chatroom between 12 and 1 pm on 10 September. 

Or, if you can’t make the chat, post your question in the comments below, and I’ll ask it for you. The questions and answers will be available to read on our chat transcript page after the chat.

  • Hey would love to come on line and chat with the web chat but sadly I will be at work so unable to make it, need to ask anyone who has to rely on the testosterone the after effects and gaining weight and fatigue and other symptoms  can email me or send a friendship request so I can poss contact them direct, this is for anyone if they have to have injections/gel as a complete replacement etc  hope this makes sense and thank you Mark 
  • Hey there Mark, I had prostate cancer where the hormone treatment is designed to reduce testosterone to practically zero. The fatigue certainly got to me and it took two years after treatment finished before I started to feel my energy levels improved. Your situation is different so I hope someone in the same position can help you. Good luck, Colin
  • I'm hoping to be back in time for the live chat, but if not here is my question. The results of my first yearly mammogram since being diagnosed last year resulted in it being clear.  No sign of cancer there. However when my Consultant told me this good news I felt happy, but not elated.  He said that I didn't look happy, but I was and told him so.  It was as if I felt elated for about two seconds then deflated when given the news.  I just felt as thought oh!  When family and friends have been told my good news they are jumping for joy while my feet are firmly on the ground! For reasons I cannot understand I just cannot share their sense of happiness, even although I am.  When I was first diagnosed I wasn't one to worry about my breast cancer nor did I worry about the operations or the mastectomy....I just got on with it.  Two weeks later I still feel the same as when I was first diagnosed.  Weird I know, but that's how I feel. Apart from that I am really pleased with my now nearly a year new body shape. Kiz