Mental Wellbeing and Cancer

Emotions during cancer treatment

Most people will experience a range of emotions before, during and after cancer treatment.  

You may feel: 

  • Shock and disbelief
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Guilt or blame
  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of control

Many of these emotions are normal and natural responses to the stress and uncertainty that comes with a cancer diagnosis. 

If your emotions are troubling you or getting worse over time, it is important you seek help.  

Finding help for psychological issues

Talking openly to someone you trust about your feelings and what you are experiencing can help you to cope with your emotions. 

The Irish Cancer Society provide free one-to-one counselling at affiliated community cancer support centres. 

This service allows you to talk confidentially to someone about your emotions, experiences, worries and any difficulties you’re having. Many people find counselling to be a good support both during and after cancer treatment.