There are many reasons why someone might feel anxious about returning to work (e.g., people seeing and treating you as ‘different’ or “am I up to the physical demands of my job” etc.), all of which are completely normal following the diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Common signs of feeling anxious about being at or even thinking about returning to work may be a shortness of breath (i.e., difficulty breathing at a normal pace), a feeling of tightness in the chest or ‘butterflies’ in the stomach, or a sense of increased heart rate and/or sweating. You may also find that you mind is not your friend at these moments and tells you things like “you can’t return to work”, “you’re not ready”, “you’ll fail”, all with the intention to get you to avoid work and feel the temporary relief associated with the avoidance of work.