What are emotions?

Emotions are how you ‘feel on the inside’. They can have a physical effect on your body, affecting your spiritual wellbeing and your relationships with family/whānau and friends.

Cancer often involves a sense of loss:


  • the loss of good health
  • a change in appearance
  • changes in your lifestyle
  • a reduction in income
  • having to rely on others
  • changes in your relationships
  • and a shift in how you see yourself.


This can be a time of grief as you adjust to loss and learn to live with the changes a cancer diagnosis can bring to your life. It is common to experience strong emotions at this time that will change often.

If you have a history of anxiety or depression, make sure your cancer treatment team is aware of it so they can make sure you get the support you need.
“Many people say their experience after cancer also includes feelings of hope and connection. For some, it can be a time of reflection and lead to new goals and priorities.”

Emotions can be experienced differently depending on your own life-experiences and culture.

Read about emotions and cancer from a Pasifika world view here.

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