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How can I start dating again after cancer?

The following are some steps you can take to move towards dating and the development of new relationships:
  • Get involved in activities where you can meet people and practice your social skills.
  • Go to a support group to talk about dating with other survivors.
  • If thinking about dating overwhelms due to body image and emotional concerns, talk with loved ones, trusted friends, other survivors or a licensed counselor.
  • Keep a journal of your thoughts and experiences with dating after cancer.
Cancer survivors sometimes have to deal with issues that can make dating more complicated. Some may struggle with body image issues and live with uncertainty about the future. Others may have a hard time accepting the changes that cancer has caused in their lives. Dealing with all of these concerns on your own can be difficult. Trying to date someone and share intimate thoughts and feelings about these issues can be difficult.

But cancer support groups provide a safe environment to share experiences with other survivors, learn new ways to handle difficult situations, and talk about emotions. Ask your healthcare team to refer you to an appropriate group or contact a nonprofit cancer organization to learn more about groups in your area.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.