Breast cancer patients often find it more difficult to cope with life after cancer than the actual treatment, a leading charity has found.

New research from Breast Cancer Care suggests many survivors find treatment ending harder than having a breast removed or going through chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

From the survey, it was discovered that more than a quarter (26%) of women diagnosed with breast cancer say life after treatment is harder than the treatment itself.

Shockingly, only 10% say they felt positive and ready to move on when they were discharged from hospital treatment. And, of the over 800 women surveyed, more than half (53%) struggled with anxiety at the end of treatment and nearly a third (31%) with depression.

Yet almost half (42%) of those surveyed were not told by their healthcare team how to access information and support once hospital treatment ended.

The survey found three of the toughest issues women face at the end of treatment are:

  • 80% fear their cancer coming back
  • 79% struggle with fatigue
  • 52% struggle with a lack of body confidence

Commenting on the findings, David Crosby, director of services and engagement at Breast Cancer Care, said: “These shocking figures show that, for the majority of women, breast cancer doesn’t stop when hospital treatment ends.

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“Getting back to ‘normal’ can feel like a huge mountain to climb, and many find that leaving hospital after their last appointment is the hardest moment of all.”

He added: “The NHS must ensure every breast cancer patient has access to support once their hospital treatment ends. Despite commitments to make this happen, there has been worryingly little progress to turn this promise into reality.”

Life after cancer

If you’re struggling with life after treatment, here’s some products that may help:

Struggling with fatigue


Cotswold Lavender Slumber Spray

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Cotswold Lavender Slumber Spray is a relaxing fragrance which can help calm and relax. Simply spray it on your pillow and it will help you fall asleep naturally for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Struggling with a lack of confidence


wunderbrow for cancer patientsThe award-winning WUNDERBROW Eyebrow Gel is an innovative gel formula which combines natural pigments and hair-like fibres, with their unique PermaFix gel, designed to stay put. As a result of using Wunder2, one of several products from the popular WUNDERBROW range, eyebrows look naturally defined and lasts for days.  As well as being waterproof, the gel won’t even smudge when you rub – it will only come off when you decide to remove it with an oil-based cleanser.

Rose Bamboo Hat

bamboo rose hat for cancer

While you’re waiting for your hair to grow back, why not rock a trendy hat? The Rose hat is made with 95% bamboo with a touch of elastane which gives a luxurious, super soft feel with a natural fit. The hat is ideal for extra sensitive scalps because they don’t itch or have harsh areas that can irritate a bald head. A feminine and oh so stylish design, they’re easy to wear and can be put on in seconds – no faffing around with ties or loops.

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