COVID-19 Information Center: get the latest on vaccines, testing, screening, visitor policy and post-COVID support >>
One of the most common concerns patients have before starting their cancer treatment is whether or not they will be able to continue working. Going through treatment can be challenging both physically and emotionally. Add work to the equation and it can be even more daunting — but not impossible.
Understanding your diagnosis, treatment plan and the side effects you may experience can help you make decisions about work. You should take into consideration the type of work you do, your family’s financial needs, and how much support you’ll have.
Have a discussion with your family and your doctor about how you will handle work during treatment. Your doctor may be able to schedule your appointments around your work schedule, and give you strategies for how to deal with additional stress.
If you feel well enough to continue to work:
You also want to discuss with your employer any special accommodations you may need. Under federal and state laws, some employers may be required to let you work a flexible schedule to meet your treatment needs. You can also:
Asking for help at home can also give you more energy while you are at work. Close family members and friends may be able to help with running errands and making meals. Whether you decide to take some time off or continue to work, take care of yourself first and choose what is best for you and your family.
How do you maintain a balanced life? Tell us in the below comments.
How to stay nourished during cancer treatment
Why and how to stay active during treatment
If you have reached this screen, your current device or browser is unable to access the full Edward-Elmhurst Health Web site.
To see the full site, please upgrade your browser to the most recent version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you cannot upgrade your browser, you can remain on this site.