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Kelly Johnson - October 2015
The majority of survivors and patients with cancer want to work but are faced with common challenges such as fatigue, managing side effects, and taking longer to complete work tasks. The online Harris poll, administered on behalf of Cancer and Careers surveyed 913 employed and unemployed patients and survivors.
Survey results showed 73% of patients and survivors of cancer want to work, but 59% who did work through treatment reported feeling that they had no choice. In addition, while nearly 70% of patients surveyed agreed that working helps in their treatment and recovery, they acknowledged that cancer is accompanied by particular challenges in the workplace.
Using the services and website of Cancer and Careers, Tara Cernacek was able to get several temp jobs and finally secure a more permanent position as an office manager at an advocacy organization. "Before my diagnosis I thought that working would be the last thing you think about when you have cancer. But it's so not true, working definitely saved me" Cernacek said.
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Original source: nursing.onclive.com