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Just like a cancer diagnosis can bring on a variety of emotions, the end of cancer treatment can mess with your mood in other ways.
Think about it. You go from being intensely focused on treatment and trying to beat the disease, to trying to figure out a “new normal” once treatment is over.
Adjusting to this new reality after cancer can bring on all sorts of emotions. Some people experience depression or anxiety. Others deal with intense mood swings. Some may even have personality changes.
While strong emotions are often expected during treatment, they can be more difficult to recognize or accept once treatment is complete.
Be on the lookout for these common symptoms of cancer-related mood changes, provided by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network:
If you are concerned that your mood changes are getting in the way of your daily life, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help recommend support groups or other avenues for assistance.
You can also try to manage your mood swings by:
With a better understanding of how to manage your emotions, as time passes, you may find yourself feeling better and adjusting to your new life after cancer.
Edward-Elmhurst Health offers a Cancer Survivorship Clinic to assist with the transition from active treatment to cancer survivor. Learn more about the Cancer Survivorship Clinic.
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