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Going back to work after a brain tumour

Going back to work will depend upon the tumour you have and your treatment. 

Some people make a full recovery from their brain tumour. Others will have some long term side effects. It isn't possible to tell beforehand how things will work out. 

Whether you get completely back to normal and how soon depends on:

  • the type of tumour you have
  • the treatment you had
  • your particular job 

Some people have difficulty concentrating or remembering details after having treatment for a brain tumour. You might not be able to go back to the same level you were before your diagnosis if you had a job where your mental skills and abilities were very important. This can be very difficult to accept and adjust to. 

You might not be able to go back to your job straight away if you operated heavy machinery. You should talk to your occupational health department if you have one. If not, talk to your manager. 

If necessary, some employers can arrange for you to take on another role until you are completely better. Ask about this possibility if it is not offered. You might be able to go back to work part time. Then you can go back to your regular hours once you have got your strength back.  

It might be helpful to contact a benefits advisor at your local hospital if you can't go back to the the job you did before.  Or contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

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