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Managing my work life and responsibilities

Whether you can work after you’ve been diagnosed with MBC will depend on the type of work you do, and your own personal circumstances. Some people with breast cancer are able to do their job during their treatment, but others find it very tough and choose not to. Some people want to keep working to keep life from changing too much.

You may find that your priorities change. You may prefer to spend your time doing things other than working. How you feel about your financial responsibilities will also play a big part in this decision.

Work is often a huge part of our lives, and it can be strange to think about not working. If you are not sure whether to keep working, it might be useful to wait until you have started your treatment, and to see what changes for you mentally and physically.


How do I tell my employer about my diagnosis?

You do not have to tell your company about your cancer, but it may help them to make changes to better support you. They may be able to understand that you need more sick pay and flexible hours.  

You don’t necessarily have to share all the details of your cancer diagnosis or treatment
It will be helpful to speak to human resources (HR). They can tell you confidentially what health information you need to share, and what support your employer can offer.

If you are worried that your employer will discriminate against you, or make your position redundant if you tell them, find out about anti-discrimination laws that protect you in the workplace.