Practical issues after breast cancer


Once treatment is over, there may be a number of practical issues to consider. This section includes information about finances, and returning to work after breast cancer treatment.

Breast cancer treatment can be an expensive process. Costs can include the cost of treatment, accommodation and travel and child care.

You may also have lost income during treatment because you have taken time off work. Getting back on track financially will probably be an important priority for you once treatment is over.


Returning to work after breast cancer

If you were employed, whether paid or voluntary, when you were diagnosed, you may have stopped work altogether or for a period of time during your treatment. Your decision about when to start work again will depend on your individual situation. You may find it helpful to return to work when treatment is over. Some women find that returning to work or a regular activity makes them feel valued and gives them the comfort of being around familiar people and situations.

Tips for returning to work after breast cancer

  • Plan how and who to tell about your work arrangements.
  • Give your work as much notice as possible if you need to take leave.
  • Explore options for part-time work or flexible hours.
  • Ask for leave before you feel tired or burnt out.
  • Keep records of your work hours, and any discussions or correspondence with your supervisor or manager.

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Questions to ask your health fund and questions about travel insurance

The following questions may be helpful when talking to a health fund about breast cancer:

  • Does my insurance cover services such as the cost of breast prostheses or wigs?
  • What is the gap between the cost of treatment and the private medical insurance rebate?

Breast Cancer Network Australia has a fact sheet on travel insurance for women with early breast cancer.