It’s up to you to decide who you do or don’t tell that you’ve got cancer, and how much you tell them about what’s going on.
Deciding who to tell and what to say is difficult. You might be avoiding telling friends or other people because you’re worried about how they will react.
It’s normal to be worried about how they will react and whether they will treat you differently. But usually once people understand what you’re going through they can be a great source of support.
If you work, you may have to tell your immediate supervisor or your human resources manager or both if your treatment involves you taking time off. They may also be able to help in other ways, such as reducing work hours or helping with physical access.
If you are a student, there is no legal obligation in Australia for you to tell your school, Uni or TAFE about it. But if you think your cancer will affect your marks and ability to meet course requirements, it is a good idea to tell your teachers. There is normally a student liaison office or services centre that can help you with your workload or deferring exams if necessary. Don’t forget that you get a say in who knows at school. If you would rather not tell people, ask your year coordinator or teachers to maintain your privacy.Ask your YCS Cancer Care Coordinator for advice about who to contact.