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By Endeavor Health
A cancer diagnosis can test any relationship whether you’ve been dating for five years or married for 10.
Unexpected news can turn a couple's world upside down. Though every person and relationship handles conflict and stress differently, couples may charter to new territory when facing cancer together.
Here are some tips for how to face the challenges of cancer as a couple:
A lack of communication can lead to a feeling of isolation and frustration. Talking about your needs and feelings can reduce negativity and stress on your relationship. Be on the lookout for signs of a communication breakdown. These signs may include:
If you are having a difficult time connecting with your partner about your diagnosis, consider joining a support group or talk to a counselor or social worker.
Learn more about cancer support services at Endeavor Health Cancer Institute.
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