Breast cancer and your mental health

Being diagnosed with breast cancer and having treatment can put pressure on your mental health. Whether you're worried about recurrence or struggling with anxiety or depression, our information and tips are here to support you.

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Ann looking out to sea
Though I had been warned about the common experience of feeling low after treatment, I was still unprepared for the feelings of grief and anxiety that flooded in once I was in a position to finally relax. 

Ann, Breast Cancer Care blogger

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worried about reccurance

Anxious about recurrence?

Most people worry about breast cancer coming back (recurrence). These feelings are normal, and the fear and anxiety usually lessens with time. Read about how to manage these worries. 

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Tips from our breast care nurses

Our nurses deal with calls to the Helpline about mental health everyday. Read their tips looking at a range of ways to help manage your mental health, from getting a better night's sleep to dealing with moments when your worries feel out of control. 

depression, mental health and breast cancer

Depression and mental health

Our nurse Lee Burgess looks at mental health and breast cancer and provides information for support if you feel you are suffering from depression.

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10 ways to overcome anxiety

Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist Rachel Rawson explains how to spot the signs of anxiety, and explains some simple ways of coping and reducing it.

5 activities to try today

Five activities to try today

Exercise has many benefits, including improving your mental wellbeing. We look at five types of exercise anyone can try after treatment.

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Expert tips for a better sleep

Stress and worry can stop you getting a good night’s sleep. Here are some expert tips to help.

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Read personal stories of mental health and breast cancer

sara

Breast cancer changed me as a person

Sara shares her experience and gives her tips for moving forward after treatment and feeling like 'me' again.

ann

I learnt to accept the fear of recurrence

Ann reflects on how she gave voice to her fears of recurrence, and how 'Acceptance and Commitment Therapy' helped her through.

ann and her daughter

Breast cancer changed my perception of time

After Ann finished treatment for breast cancer, she was struck by a wave of anxiety and grief as the impact of her diagnosis hit. 

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BECCA Breast Cancer Care app

Get mobile support after treatment

It can be hard adapting to a new 'normal' after treatment. Find tips and personal stories in our free app, BECCA.

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Find further support

talk to our nurses

Call our Helpline

If you have a particular concern about breast cancer, or just want to talk, our specialist nurses and trained staff are here for you. 

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Speak to someone like you

Our Someone Like Me service will put you in touch with another person who has had a similar experience to you.

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Find more information

Read our information on how to cope with the emotions you may experience during your breast cancer treatment. 

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