It can be hard to predict how well you will recover from treatment for a brain tumour, and when and whether you will be able to return to work. This may also depend on the type of work you do.

Some people find it hard to concentrate or make decisions after treatment. At least at first, it may not be safe to operate heavy machinery or take on a lot of responsibility. A rehabilitation specialist can advise you about whether returning to work is safe or possible. They can also give your employer information about whether you could return to work with altered duties or on a part-time basis.

Talk to your employer about adjusting your duties or working part-time until you have recovered. In some cases, it won’t be possible to return to your former role. This can be hard to accept and it may help to talk to the hospital social worker, call Cancer Council 13 11 20, see Cancer, Work and You, or find a brain tumour support group.

   — John

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