Work and cancer

If you're self-employed

Worries about money and work are very common for people affected by cancer. But they may seem especially tough if you are self-employed or run your own business.

  • Self-employment and cancer

    If you’re self-employed you may worry about work and money during your cancer treatment. Support is available to help you cope financially and emotionally.

  • Working during treatment

    Deciding whether to carry on working during treatment is a difficult decision. It depends on individual circumstances.

  • Giving up work temporarily or permanently

    You may need to stop working during treatment. This could be temporary or you may decide to give up work permanently.

  • Talking to people about your cancer

    You may worry about telling people about your cancer and fear it may affect your business.

  • Making treatment decisions

    When you’re self-employed, you may have particular questions about treatment decisions and how they could impact on your work.

  • Managing your workload

    Cancer treatment can have an impact on the way you run your business. You may need to reorganise your activities to manage your workload.

  • Managing your finances

    If you’re self-employed and have had to reduce your work activity, you may worry about your professional and personal finances. Support is available to help you cope with financial issues.