Taking care of your feelings

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be frightening and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed.

You might feel shock, fear, disbelief, anger, loneliness or resentment. You might feel a mix of some or all of these emotions. Sometimes it can be hard to accept that you have cancer, and you might feel like you just want to be left alone.

It’s also a difficult time for your friends and family, who might be experiencing many of the same emotions.

When you’re ready, it’s important that you feel able to talk about your feelings. You may find it helpful to talk to friends and family, and you can also talk with your cancer nurse specialist. If you need more support, your specialist nurse can help you find a counsellor or psychologist. Some GP practices have a counsellor as part of their team.

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Last medically reviewed: November 2017. Due for review: November 2020

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.