Cancer can have a big impact on the people close to you, including your partner, family members, friends, and colleagues.
Sometimes, the complex feelings and lifestyle changes that you experience as a result of cancer and its treatment are experienced just as intensely by your loved ones. This can have a big impact on the way that you interact with one another, sometimes leading to changes in your relationships.
By understanding what form these changes are likely to take, you can take steps to foster healthy and mutually supportive relationships while dealing with the challenges of cancer treatment and recovery. Below we provide you with information on how your cancer can influence relationships with your partner, family members, and children. We also offer some helpful tips on how you can keep the channels of communication open with those you care about.