How much work you are able to do during cancer treatment will depend on the stage of the cancer, the type of treatment you’re having and the type of work you do.
It may be difficult to plan ahead, but it’s sensible to reduce your workload if you can. It’s useful to have a back-up plan for your business in case you find treatment more difficult than you expected.
Whatever you decide, you will probably need to take time away from work for appointments, treatment and follow-up.
We have more information that could help if you’re thinking of stopping work altogether.
Occupational health advice
Some people working for an employer have access to help from an occupational health adviser. This is a health professional, such as a nurse or doctor, who specialises in workplace health issues.
Occupational health advisers use their medical knowledge and understanding of various jobs to help people make decisions about work.
They can advise you on health and safety laws, and find ways for you to work around the cancer and its treatment. Occupational health advice is not part of the treatment plan for most people with cancer. However, research suggests that more working people with cancer could benefit from this advice.
As a self-employed person, you would usually need to pay for this advice privately. You can find a private service through the Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association.