When you have metastatic breast cancer (MBC), it may mean you need to adjust your work life and responsibilities in order to get treatment and take care of your health.
This can have an impact on your finances, and your ability to provide for your family. These problems can feel overwhelming. You are already dealing with having cancer. Please understand that everyone feels this way. You will get through this too. It is important to think about all your options and know your rights at work. It is important to plan your finances early, while you still feel quite strong physically, in order to best prepare for your future.
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 are able to continue working during their treatment, but others find it very tough and choose not to. Some people want to continue 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.
Consider telling your employer about your cancer. They may be able to inform you about what support they could offer and also advise you on whether you could receive sick leave and pay.
You can decide at any time (before or during treatment) whether to continue working or not, and if you want to reduce your working hours.✓
You should try to tell your employer about your diagnosis as you may find it helpful.✓
You may want to start thinking about beginning to make a financial plan for the future.