If you are employed, metastatic prostate cancer and its treatment may affect your ability to work. For some men, job security concerns in the face of advanced cancer and treatment can be very stressful.
If you have concerns about losing income as a result of missing work, talk to a social worker to see what financial resources and support are available to you. You may also want to get in touch with a financial planner to get a plan together in the event that you will not be able to return to work for a long time.
For those who are continuing with work, below are potential strategies for navigating workplace challenges:
You might be at a point where you feel you need to suspend or cut back work during this time in your life. You may have already stopped work temporarily or permanently. This is okay.
For some men with metastatic prostate cancer who have left the workplace, being able to enjoy other activities such as volunteering is important. It provides them with a chance to work with other people, continue or develop a skill, as well as feel that they are contributing something meaningful. Even if your time or energy is limited, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer for a cause you feel strongly about.
Share and listen to the stories of other men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their caregivers.
Make the most of the time with your healthcare team with a list of questions you can take to your appointments.