A Cancer Survivor’s Guide to Returning to Work
Job searching after cancer
Chances are you or a coworker will face the question of returning to work after cancer treatment. Cancer now affects 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men, while the survival rate for many cancers is increasing.
While the risk of cancer increases with age, it also affects many younger adults still in the workplace. An estimated 46% of patients diagnosed with cancer are between the ages of 20 and 64.
Surveys find that most cancer survivors who return to work say that it’s beneficial for their recovery. In addition to needing the income, you may enjoy using your skills and maintaining personal relationships.
For some cancer survivors, it’s gratifying just to have experiences apart from their medical condition.
Your individual needs will depend on many factors, including your specific diagnosis.
Use these suggestions to help you deal with health and career issues if you’re considering going back to work after cancer treatment.
Protecting your health
Readjusting to work
With skillful communication and planning, you may be able to continue working after your cancer treatment. Talk with your doctor to ensure that you’re well enough to do your job and work with your employer to make any necessary adjustments.