It may be difficult to decide whether or not you work during your treatment. It depends very much on your individual circumstances. You may need the income, or you may be reluctant to take a step back from the business after all the work you have put into it.
You may also find that working during your treatment gives you satisfaction and helps you to focus on something other than the cancer. It depends on the type of work you do and whether you have anyone else who can help out for a while.
It also depends on the type of cancer you have and what kind of treatment you decide on.
It’s impossible to say how you’ll react to treatment until you start. This uncertainty makes it hard to look ahead and decide how much work to take on. It’s sensible to reduce some of your workload if you can, and to have a back-up plan for your business in case you find treatment more difficult than you had expected.
You might decide to give up work altogether. There’s more information about this in our section giving up work temporarily or permanently.
You may be able to find ways to allow for your treatment needs while keeping your business going. When you’re thinking about whether to work while having treatment, ask yourself some questions:
- Can I cut back on my workload temporarily?
- Can I work in a different way, to allow time for rest as well as my treatment?
- Can I pay someone else to do my work and still make a profit from it?
- Where can I get extra financial help to get my business and my family through this period?
- Is it safe for me and for others if I carry on working during treatment?
- Have I informed my insurers to check I’m still covered?
It may help to talk these questions over with someone who knows you well and understands the work you do. Then you can plan the best course of action for you. It’s a good idea to run your business decisions past another person, especially if you’re feeling unwell, tired or upset.