An incurable diagnosis and palliative care – managing the news

Facing an incurable cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming and scary and you will probably be experiencing a wide range of emotions and thoughts, which can be difficult to control.

The diagnosis of incurable cervical cancer does not mean that you need to stop doing the things that you enjoy in life. You may want to think about what makes you happy, brings peace of mind and what is important to you. This could include spending time with your family and friends, or planning trips to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Try to make sure you prioritise activities that make you feel good. This is very important because it can offer you a chance to do something that makes you happy, as well as helping to support your loved ones. Some women see incurable cancer as a chance to reassess what they want out of their life and they often choose very different lifestyles as a result. While others may decide they want to change as little as possible. There is no right or wrong way of dealing with this diagnosis and you will know what feels best for you.

Getting support and information is really important. Your family and friends may also need support and so in this section we will provide you with information on where you and your family can access support. We are also offering practical tips on how to make decisions and plans, but also empower you to do the things you want. We will provide you with links to other organisations that can offer you specific support according to your own needs.

Date last updated: 
07 Dec 2016
Date due for review: 
20 Jul 2019

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