Whether or not a person continues or returns to work after a breast cancer diagnosis differs from person to person and is dependent on a number of factors.
I felt I was one of the lucky ones. It didn't take long before I went back to work after treatment because I felt well enough. I felt ready emotionally and knew it would make a difference financially to my family.
Your colleague may continue to work during their treatment if they feel well enough. Doing so can help provide a sense of normality and camaraderie.
Others may decide they need time away from the workplace to deal with their diagnosis and treatment.
Even if you’ve experienced colleagues with cancer before, remember that treatments vary and everyone reacts differently.
The best way to support your colleague will depend on the type of work they do, their treatment, whether they choose to work during their treatment, and their personal preferences.
I struggled to resume my previous role … I didn’t feel I was coping with the daily stresses it involved.
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*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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