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If you are re-entering the workforce after a cancer diagnosis, you are not alone. More than three million cancer survivors in the United States today are under age 65, and in the prime of their working years. Whether you are returning to work full-time, part-time, or starting a new job altogether, going from cancer patient to employee, while becoming more common, can be a difficult transition.
Returning to work can be both scary and exciting. Some cancer survivors look forward to work as a return to “normal” life and a major milestone in their recovery. Others view work as a financial necessity, and something they would give up if they could. It may help to know that aside from the monetary advantages, there are other benefits of re-entering the workforce.
Returning to work after a cancer diagnosis can:
As you re-enter the workforce, you may worry about how you will be perceived by co-workers and how you will cope with cancer-related side effects on the job. You may also require certain accommodations from your employer and be unsure about how to broach the subject. It is normal to have mixed feelings and concerns about returning to work. However, there are ways to move forward and ease the transition.
If you are setting out to find a new job, you will need to think about what to tell future employers about your illness.
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REGARDING RETURNING TO WORK DURING/AFTER CANCER TREATMENT.
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