Start Cancer and dating

Cancer and dating

After all, not all dates worked out before you had cancer.

Things that can help: Dating and starting new relationships can be hard enough at the best of times!

But after a cancer diagnosis, it may seem almost impossible.

You may feel different about yourself and uncertain about your future or where a new relationship will fit into your life.

If cancer has changed your appearance, it’s normal to be uncomfortable or self-conscious about it. That way you can become more relaxed in new social situations, with less pressure.

Maybe try a new hobby, join a club or take a class.

These activities might help you become more comfortable around new people, especially if you have physical signs of cancer such as hair loss, scars or an amputation.

Remember, your partner/girlfriend/boyfriend has a choice. If they are with you, wanting to look after you, then let them.

If you are worried they are only staying with you because they feel sorry for you, then talk about it openly and honestly.

It’s also normal to feel ‘washed out’ and not have a lot of energy for many months, feel unattractive, or have treatment side effects that impact on your sex life.

It’s important to talk to your partner/boyfriend/girlfriend about how you feel.

Entering into a new relationship can be a challenge with or without a cancer diagnosis.