Advanced cancer takes its toll on all of those concerned and relationships are often affected. As your physical abilities change, the role you play in the household and within your family may change. Also, you and those you love may experience emotional ups and downs that are not likely to be synchronised with each other.
While the strain may widen existing cracks in relationships, times such as this often bring out the best in people and strengthen the bonds between them. This usually takes work, though.
"Studies of couples where one partner has a life-threatening disease show that a good relationships generally stay good and the less strong ones continue to be less strong."
Source: Cancer Council Victoria Advanced Cancer - Emotional Impact.
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Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.
Last updated 30 August 2015