Back to Work After Cancer…

Often times when undergoing treatment for breast cancer, time off of work is inevitable. But after finishing treatment, transitioning back to work can be a challenge. While getting back to work after cancer can help you find a sense of normalcy again, the transition can still be difficult for some.

Telling your co-workers

Even after treatment has come to an end, some treatment side effects may still linger for a while. So, it’s important to be open with your co-workers about your journey, while you don’t have to share every detail. Being open will allow you not to feel pressured or have to constantly justify yourself.

You may find that some co-workers don’t know what to say or do in certain situations, but that’s ok. Coming up with a plan and knowing how much you want to share can help. You can also read more on how to tell others about your journey with cancer on our blog.


Get up to speed

Diving into the workplace can be hard just getting into routine but having missed out on certain items can make it much harder. Getting up to speed with what has been going on while you were out can help you to feel confident and comfortable in your role again.


Make a plan and write it down

Once you’ve determined whether you will be going back to work full-time or just part-time make a schedule for yourself. Write down important dates and deadlines, create a to-do list and goal list. Writing everything down will allow you to get back into the swing of things without forgetting to many little details.

Upon going back to work, remember to ease yourself into things and not take on too many tasks. You may have trouble focusing or getting back into a normal groove but remain patient and remember to take care of yourself!


For more helpful tips on navigating a post-cancer lifestyle, check out our blog and free resources!