Ill Health Retirement

Hi there, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy and reconstruction then chemo and radio.  Now getting 4 weekly implants and 6 monthly intravenous bone strengthening drugs.  I need to have a sleep in the afternoon every day.  Has anyone applied for ill health retirement based on this and been successful?  I’m 52.  Also its been established that I need further breast surgery and I have a hernia where my tummy scar is.  I dont feel physically or emotionally able to go back to work.  Any advice?

Hi Po

Sorry that you havent had a reply yet. You may it busier in the Recovering from treatment area of the Forum. Please do think about posting there as well.

You can always talk to one of our experts on the free Helpline, 0808 800 6000 or post a question in the Ask Our Nurses area of the Forum where one of our specialists will respond to you online.

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Hi there, I have just joined the forum and noticed your post about ill health retirement. Did you take it? I am wondering if I could apply and how difficult it is?


just wondered if anyone has had to have an occupational health assessment and whether it is something I should be concerned about?