Hi I was diagnosed last October with tripple a negative breastcancer I did chemotherapy then had surgery then radiotherapy witch finished in September. I have started feeling like I have bad anxiety at the minute like I can't go out I feel funny when I go in shops and things like I'm going to have a panic attack. And when I stand I feel abit dizzy 

  • Hi Annmarie,

    I’m Kirsty one of the cancer information nurse specialists that work on the Macmillan support line. Thanks for getting in touch during what sounds like a really tough time.

    Ending treatment can be an unexpected difficult time. Just at the point where you might be hoping things can get back to normal, is often when the emotional impact of what you have been through is felt most.

    Going through a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment is physically and emotionally exhausting. It is natural to look back over the past year and feel overwhelmed as you begin to process all that you have experienced.

    Moving into follow up, also means less contact with your hospital team and less appointments. This can lead to feeling less supported and lonely.

    Feeling anxious is a reaction to an uncertain situation. Often something new and difficult. Please know that you are not alone in feeling this way at the end of treatment.

    Breast cancer now have developed a course called moving forward that supports you to feel more confident and enables you to move forward after treatment. It also connects you to others who understand how you are feeling. Why not have a look at the course, as there are online options if you are struggling to go out.

    The physical reactions to stress can include feeling dizzy and a feeling of panic.  Reading how to cope with panic will hopefully help you worry less about having a panic attack. There are tips on how to prevent a panic attack as well as how to end one included in the link.

    Trying to relax when you are feeling particularly anxious can be hard. You might want to list things you find relaxing and try introducing some of them into your day. Being led in relaxation is often helpful when struggling to relax by yourself. Perhaps listening to the three-minute breathing space is a good place to start.

    Anxiety UK have information about anxiety, groups and courses and a helpline you can call. Another option to help you understand your anxiety and explore ways to manage it.

    You might consider joining one of Macmillan’s online community groups. Perhaps our breast cancer forum or life after treatment forum, or both. This is a safe place to support each other and share experiences.

    If you haven’t already done so, please tell someone how you are feeling Annmarie. Your hospital team are there to support you, as is your GP. Perhaps talking through this reply with a friend or family member will enable you to reach out for support.

    Be kind to yourself and know that you will not always feel this way. It will pass, as you begin to process all you have been through, understand your anxiety and find the coping strategies that feel right for you.


    Best wishes 

    Kirsty, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 


    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email. 







  • Thankyou so much for your reply I'm glad it isn't just me that feels like that I just feel when I go in a shop or sumthing I start to panic I don't no why it happens. Xx