Impact on work
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.
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.
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.
For further information, the following resources are available:
- BCNA's Helping a friend or colleague with breast cancer booklet.
- BCNA's Helping a friend or colleague page on our website has more information for colleagues.
- Read the Understanding breast cancer section on our website to see how treatments may affect your colleague.
- Read personal stories from people who have been affected by breast cancer.
- Call BCNA on 1800 500 258 for free and confidential information, support and referral.