When you first learn you have cancer, everything seems to change in an instant. You may feel like your life has been turned upside down. Once the shock wears off, the process of making changes begins. You may have to rearrange tasks and routines in your life as you start treatment. The symptoms and side effects may take a toll on both your body and your emotions. You may have to learn new ways of talking to your loved ones and to your health care team. And you probably have a lot of questions to ask about adjusting to all the new issues that cancer brings.
It can seem overwhelming at first, but knowing what to expect may help you feel more at ease. The sections below have tips to help you deal with these changes. See our caregiver section for other tips that may help your loved ones cope during this time.