For men facing a cancer diagnosis, balancing treatment, recovery, and work can be a complex challenge. In this article, we'll discuss some essential tips for managing a cancer diagnosis while still fulfilling your professional responsibilities.
Once you receive a cancer diagnosis, it's crucial to have open and honest communication with your employer and colleagues as soon as you feel able. Here's how to approach it:
Though most employers will be empathetic and accommodating in this situation, it's still worth familiarising yourself with your legal rights and workplace policies related to medical conditions and disability, just so that you know where you stand legally. In many countries, including the United Kingdom, laws are in place to protect employees facing health challenges, and often require employers to provide reasonable accommodations and to protect your job during your absence.
It will make a huge difference if you can lean on your support network, both professionally and personally. Here are some helpful suggestions on how to build and make the most of a support network:
Cancer treatment can be physically and emotionally draining, so prioritizing self-care is essential for both your wellbeing and your ability to continue working if that's your decision:
Set realistic expectations for your work during your cancer treatment journey. Remind yourself that it's okay to adjust your goals and pace to accommodate your health needs:
Advocacy is an essential part of managing a cancer diagnosis and work responsibilities. Here are some tips on how to be your own advocate:
Flexibility is important when balancing work and a cancer diagnosis. Embrace changes in your schedule and workload when necessary:
While focusing on the present is essential, it's also a good idea to plan for the future:
A cancer diagnosis is undoubtedly a life-altering event, but it doesn't have to derail your career. By practising open communication, understanding your rights, creating a support network, prioritizing self-care, setting realistic goals, advocating for yourself, embracing flexibility, and planning for the future, you can manage your cancer journey while continuing to excel in your professional life. This Movember, let's raise awareness not only about men's health issues but also about the resilience and determination of those facing cancer while maintaining their careers.