Post treatment Anxiety

I had a lobe removed for my right lung in February and 4 rounds of adjuvant chemotherapy starting in April. At the time I just on with it (as there was no choice) and people praised my strength. Now following treatment I wake at 2 in the morning very anxious and unable to get back to sleep. I am very anxious and have been told that this is quite normal as a delayed reaction. But what to do with it? I know that loss of sleep in the long term could bring the cancer back. . I need help but unsure where to access it. I do not want anti depressants 

  • Hello Ezra and thank you for contacting the online community.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling with anxiety just now, you’ve been through such a lot in a short space of time, it’s understandable you feel this way.

    Have you spoken to your G.P. or health care team about support such as counselling? It may be that they can refer you to a counsellor who can talk you through your fears and help you put in place some coping strategies.

    Through Bupa, Macmillan are offering up to six counselling sessions, free for people struggling emotionally because of cancer. Within days, people who are eligible can receive specialist, remote support. To arrange a referral, you can contact our support line on 0808 808 00 00 and speak to one of our advisers. You can find out more here.

    Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed to help those affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression. Whether you have anxiety, stress, anxiety-based depression or a phobia that’s affecting your daily life, they’re there to help you. And they’re fully supported by an expert team of medical advisors.

    Our online community group Life After Cancer is for cancer survivors and people who have finished treatment. It is a space to discuss things like the physical and emotional aftereffects of cancer, returning to work, or trying to move on with your life.

    Do you have support around you Ezra, people you can open up to about how you’re feeling? Talking can help process difficult thoughts and emotions and there’s always someone you can talk to. Even at 2am Samaritans are there to listen and of course we’re here on the support line 8am – 8pm 7 days a week.

    I hope you manage to get the support in place that you need Ezra and remember we’re here for you.

    Take care.

    Alex, Information and Support Adviser

    Remember 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 by email.