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Your diagnosis can be extremely stressful and may put a strain on your relationships. Feeling supported and connected to people around you can be very important.

Husband and wife together

Telling your partner, family and friends you cancer is never easy. It is likely to be a shock for them but there is no right or wrong way to tell someone that you have cancer. For more information on talking to family and friends and telling people you have cancer and how to deal with their reactions download our full 'Younger women’s guide'.

Your relationship with your partner

Your partner is likely to be very distressed and can feel as much anxiety as you. It can help to talk about your fears and what impact cancer and treatment has on both of you. This can help you both deal with these issues.

Starting a new relationship

You may not be in a relationship when you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. You may worry about how to start a new relationship, particularly if your treatment means you will not be able to have children. A question frequently asked is ‘when do I tell my new partner that I have had cancer?’ There is no right or wrong answer. It is likely that you will know when the time is right. Building a relationship on trust and honesty will strengthen it.

Despite the difficulties, many young women have reported positive changes in their lives since their diagnosis, including in their relationships, their sense of spirituality and their general appreciation of life.

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For younger women

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Last reviewed: May 2015
Next review: May 2017