London: Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates says she sank into deep depression after beating cancer as she struggled to return to the complexity of life following her health scare.

The 63-year-old was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and underwent rounds of chemotherapy, but when doctors finally gave her the all clear, the actress said she struggled to overcome emotional issues, reported a daily.

"It took me a while to recover because right after it, I went through a depression, which I'm hearing now is more and more common. As more and more people survive, it's more and more common for people to get through that cancer and, for some reason, go through a depression. I don't know if it's a reaction to the chemo or whatever they've been through...

"It's sort of like OK, I am going to survive. Life does come rushing. Life becomes very simple when you're facing just the one thing. Then when you have to go back to the complexity of life, it's a bit overwhelming," Bates said.

The actress also said harsh cancer drugs also took a huge physical toll - she now has to use hearing aids after going partially deaf.

"I lost my hearing a little bit from chemo. Apparently some of the things that I was on can damage the hairs on the inside of the ear and that's it," she added.