Now that you have finished treatment, you might feel ready to start dating again. You may find that going through cancer treatment has made you feel stronger and wiser.You may know yourself and your priorities better and feel that you have more to offer in a relationship. You may worry that having had cancer will make it more difficult to find people to date, and how your date will react.After all, not all dates worked out before you had cancer.

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.

When telling someone you’re dating about your cancer experience, pick a time where you can both focus on each other without being interrupted.

You can practise what you’ll say and how you may respond to your date’s reaction, ahead of time.

Your relationships with family and friends may change now that you’ve finished treatment.

Often family and friends don’t know how to react to your new role as a cancer survivor.People may have to rebuild the connection that they once had with each other.These ideas may help with relationships issues after cancer: If a relationship is strained, individual, couples or family counselling may help.You may be frustrated that they don’t understand that it’s important to your recovery to slowly get back to your regular daily routines.They may be afraid that if you do too much you could become ill again.Sadly, some relationships that weren’t working very well before cancer may not last under the stress of the difficult times during treatment and recovery.