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Adjusting to cancer

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it’s hard to know what to expect. In the early days after diagnosis, your main focus might be learning about cancer and working with your healthcare team to come up with a treatment plan. But medical issues are only one part of living with cancer.

Cancer can affect your emotions and how you feel about yourself. It can affect how your body looks, feels and works. It can change almost every part of your life – relationships, work, finances or daily routines.

But it’s important to know that everyone’s cancer experience is different. Some people get through treatment and find that their life hasn’t changed as much as they had expected. For others, their life changes completely. Some people find living with cancer to be the biggest challenge of their life. Most people living with cancer need to find ways of coping with the practical issues and other changes that cancer can bring. And everyone does this in their own way.

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Cancer affects all Canadians

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Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

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