Cancer and the Workplace
The period after diagnosis and during treatment can involve changes when patients need to make adjustments in their lives, including their jobs. People affected by cancer may leave their jobs or reduce their work hours during this time.
Making the Decision
Your capabilities, needs, and the advice from your health care team should all be factors considered when deciding whether or not to return to work. Your physical condition will be affected by the size, location, and type of tumor, as well as the treatments you receive. Your mental condition may also be impacted by cancer and its treatments.
You may consider going back to work part-time to start. Some patients make the mistake of going back to full-time work too quickly. You must honestly evaluate what is in your capacity and best interest.Returning to Work
For some people this goes smoothly and for others there are adjustments that need to be made. You may need to make adjustments if you have side effects from treatment that affect your work.Some strategies for the transition back into work include the following: