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Coping with eye cancer

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This page is about coping with a diagnosis of eye cancer. You can find the following information

 

A quick guide to what's on this page

Coping with eye cancer

It can be very difficult coping with a diagnosis of cancer, both practically and emotionally. You are likely to be feeling very upset and confused. As well as coping with the fear and anxiety that a diagnosis of cancer brings, you have to work out how to manage practically. The coping with cancer section contains lots of information you may find helpful. There are sections about

  • Your feelings
  • Talking to people, and who and what to tell
  • Talking to children
  • How you can help yourself
  • Who else can help you
  • Sick pay and benefits, and coping financially

 

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Coping with your diagnosis of eye cancer

It can be very difficult coping with a diagnosis of eye cancer, both practically and emotionally. At first, you are likely to feel very upset, frightened and confused. Or you may feel that things are out of your control. It is very important to get the right information about your type of cancer and how it is best treated. People who are well informed about their illness and treatment are more able to make decisions and cope with what happens.

 

How eye cancer can affect you physically

Eye cancer and its treatment may cause physical changes in your body. This section has information about coping with changes in your eyesight and coping with changes in your appearance. These changes can be very difficult and may affect the way you feel about yourself. Such changes can affect your self esteem and the way you relate to other people, especially close family and friends. 

Another problem you may have to cope with is feeling tired and lethargic, especially during and for a while after treatment or if the cancer is advanced. We have information about fatigue and cancer and treating cancer fatigue

If you are in a sexual relationship, one or all of these changes may affect your sex life. We have information about how cancer can affect your sex life.

 

Coping practically with eye cancer

As well as coping with the fear and anxiety that a diagnosis of cancer brings, you may also have to work out how to manage practically. There may be money matters to sort out. You may need information about financial support, such as benefits, sick pay and grants

Who do you tell that you have cancer? And how do you find the words? You may also have children to think about. We have information about talking to people about your cancer and how and what to tell children.

Try to remember that you don't have to sort everything out at once. It may take some time to deal with each issue. Do ask for help if you need it though. Your doctor or specialist nurse will know who you can contact to get some help. They can put you in touch with people specially trained in supporting those with cancer. These people are there to help and want you to feel that you have support. So do use them if you feel you need to.

 

More information about coping with eye cancer

The coping with cancer section has lots of helpful information. There are sections about

If you would like more detailed information about coping with eye cancer, contact one of the eye cancer organisations. They will be happy to help. They often have free factsheets and booklets they can send to you. They may also be able to put you in touch with a support group. There is also an eye cancer reading list.

You can also find details of counselling organisations, that can tell you more about counselling and help you find sources of emotional support in your area.

If you want to find people who have had eye cancer to share experiences with online, you could use CancerChat our online forum.

You can also contact our cancer information nurses. They would be happy to help.

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Updated: 30 June 2015