It’s unlikely anyone will be able to tell you for sure what effect the cancer and its treatment will have on you. Many people find this hard to accept. If you’re not sure when you might be ready to get back to work, it’s okay to see how things go and to keep your options open. You may find returning to work helps you get back to normal.
There may be a temptation to push yourself too far, too quickly. For example, if you are a manual worker, perhaps a bricklayer or mechanic, you may be tempted to stretch yourself too far physically. Or if your work is office-based, you may feel as though you should work long hours in front of a computer to catch up with tasks you may have fallen behind with.
However, if you can, you should plan to return to work gradually. Try to decide what’s most important and just do those parts of your work until you feel stronger. Give yourself regular breaks – you can even schedule them into your diary as appointments.
If you’ve had treatment for a brain tumour, it will usually be at least a year before you will be allowed to drive again. See our booklet Understanding brain tumours for more information.
It helps to remember that your recovery may not always be straightforward. You may have some setbacks or your circumstances may change along the way, so try to remain flexible.