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After Diagnosis

In this section we provide information to help you and your family cope with the complex practical and emotional issues that come with living with blood cancers and related blood disorders.

Diagnosis is often devastating, both for the person receiving the diagnosis and for those around them. While it is sometimes difficult to avoid focusing on the possibility of death, it is important to remember that these days, with treatment, many people can be cured of their cancer. For others, treatment can control their disease and they can remain well for a long time.

Living with these diseases can have significant effects on your life and the lives of your family and friends. It is important to remember that different people cope in different ways, and there is no right, or wrong, or 'usual' way of reacting or feeling. Initially, coping with the impact of the diagnosis and the side-effects of your disease or its treatment can all take their toll on your sense of well-being.

Normal work and family roles and routines are often disrupted and over time need to be renegotiated as you and your family adjust to the demands of your new situation. It takes time to adjust to a diagnosis of cancer. With help, you will learn to cope with your situation in an effective and positive way that gives you a sense of perspective and control over your own life.

Practical and emotional support is essential for everyone living with the demands of a serious illness. There are a range of services and organisations (including the Leukaemia Foundation) available to provide practical, emotional and financial assistance for patients and families. Health Professionals at your treating hospital will be able to help you and your family access these services.

Family Matters

A diagnosis of leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder can cause an extreme amount of stress within any family.

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Telling Others

Decisions about when and how to tell other people about your diagnosis are entirely up to you.

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Looking After Yourself

Living with a blood cancer can have a high emotional effect as well as a physical impact.

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The New You

A diagnosis of blood cancer poses many challenges both for the person diagnosed and their loved ones.

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Body Image

Your diagnosis and treatment may well have some impact on how you feel about your sexuality.

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Providing Support

Practical and emotional support is essential for everyone living with the demands of leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood diseases.

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Pregnancy with a Blood Cancer

A new diagnosis of a blood cancer or blood disorder during pregnancy is a rare and traumatic experience. Being pregnant with a blood cancer or blood disorder poses challenges for you and your unborn baby.

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Coping as a Carer

The constant demands of caring and changes in family life can bring about a range of emotions and physical challenges that can be difficult to cope with. These feelings and responses are all natural and normal. Explore here how carers can care for themselves too.

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