Two thirds of people living with cancer believe diagnosis and subsequent treatment impacts negatively on relationships.
The research, carried out by cancer charity Maggie’s Oxford, revealed several reasons why relationships were impacted, including the change of roles within the relationship.
In many cases, cancer brings people closer together through multiple hospital appointments and more quality time to make every moment count.
However, the profound changes cancer brings can drive a wedge between partners.
Feelings of stress, anger, fear, sorrow and worry were all cited as putting a strain on relationships.
Claire Marriott, centre head at Maggie’s Oxford, said communication is key to overcome hurdles relationships may encounter.
She added: “Diagnosis and treatment for cancer can lead to many physical changes, but also emotional changes too.
“These can affect personal relationships, including changes in mood, change in appearance, fatigue, lack of motivation, loss of libido, pain and discomfort.
“These symptoms can create additional pressure, which can lead to withdrawal and isolation, and you may feel like you are drifting apart from your partner.”
The survey quizzed people who either had cancer themselves or lived with a partner with cancer.
Maggie’s Oxford can be contacted on 01865 751882.