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Going back to work after treatment for brain tumours

Men and women discussing brain tumours

This page tells you about going back to work after treatment for a brain tumour. 

Some people make a complete recovery from their brain tumour and unfortunately others won't. It isn't really possible to tell beforehand how things will turn out. Whether you get completely back to normal and how soon that happens depends on

  • The type of tumour you had
  • The treatment you had
  • Your particular job

Some people find that they have more difficulty concentrating or remembering things after having treatment for a brain tumour. If you had a job where your mental skills and abilities were very important, you may not be able to go back to the level you were at before your diagnosis and treatment. This is understandably devastating for many people. It will take time to come to terms with it and work out what else you would like to do.

If you have a job operating heavy machinery, you may not be able to go back to it straight away. The best thing to do is talk to your occupational health department, if you have one. If not, talk to your manager at work.

If necessary, most employers will arrange for you to take on another role until you are fully better. You may 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.

If you don't think it likely that you will get back to the job you had before, it may be helpful to ask to see a social worker or benefits adviser at your hospital. They will be able to advise you about your legal position and can give you benefit information if you need it. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can also help you with this.

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Updated: 31 December 2013