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    Default work and cancer

    I was diagnosed with a type of cancer last year (gestational trophoblastic disease/ placental site tumour) and I started a new job last week. On monday i was informed i need a new round of menthodiaxalate (sp) so i had one injection yesterday. I am really sick already and feel like death walking. How do I tell work that I am sick and why?

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    Default work and cancer

    firstly, sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

    would you feel comfortable just telling them the truth? or are you concerned they will replace you?

    I think honesty is the best policy here and would be inclined to just lay it all on the table. i'd reassure them that health permitting, you're committed to doing the job and that you'd like to be given an equal opportunity to prove yourself in this role.

    my dh's brother was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma a few years ago and his work was very supportive, allowed him to work from home when he felt too crap to come in and were flexible with workload around his treatments.

    I think if you try and hide this, they'll be suss something isn't quite right but will think you're just not committed or not serious about the job then let you go. I'd definitely just sit them down and tell them what's going on.

    all the best with your treatment and recovery x

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