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A cancer diagnosis can come as a huge shock to the whole family and will effect each person in different ways at different times.

It can mean a change in your normal family routines which can cause incredible stress and be testing on even the strongest of family relationships.

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, the support, understanding and patience of family can significantly influence the experience and therefore mental and physical wellbeing of their loved one. Research has shown that being in the best possible space emotionally and physically can reduce the impact of symptoms and aid healing. Family members and loved ones are therefore crucial throughout this time.

Family members of those living with a cancer diagnosis may feel a sense of duty and responsibility to protect and do as much as they can for their loved one. Even though family members may not consider this a burden, the additional emotional and physical weight can take it’s toll over time.

It is therefore important to make sure that whilst considering the needs of the person living with the cancer diagnosis, consideration should also be given to the health and wellbeing of those around them.

In this section, you will find information on how your family can be supported through this time.