In the ‘Life After Cancer’ series of cartoons, Alex Brenchley humorously illustrates what life can be like for a young adult after cancer treatment has finished. Many people may go on to live long cancer-free lives, but it’s not quite as simple as that, and there can be many repercussions for the mind and body.
Even after successful treatment, the physical and mental effects of cancer can continue in many unforeseen ways.
The collateral damage of cancer treatment extends to all activities, including a night of live entertainment.
Surviving cancer doesn’t always mean you have to live each second like it’s your last.
‘Scanxiety’ is a well-known term in the cancer community for all the feelings associated with follow-up scans. These feelings can last for days or even weeks before *and* after the scan is over.
All people handle conversations around cancer differently. There’s no ‘right’ way to do it, but talking openly can be a big help.
Being successfully treated for one type of cancer doesn’t always stop the brain from finding other cancers to worry about…
It’s frustratingly easy to trick yourself into thinking you’re simply going to bounce back with 100 per cent health once your cancer treatment is over.
Everyone's a Critic
If the bowel doesn’t return to its usual habits after cancer treatment, navigating a social life becomes also about finding places to eat where you feel (literally) catered for.
It can be OK to ask a direct question… sometimes skirting around the topic of cancer can make it the elephant in the room that hangs around awkwardly.
Many people were desperate to travel abroad once the lockdowns were over, yet there are still plenty who are still waiting for that opportunity.