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Debra Hughes - January 2016
Despite a need or desire to work, patients with metastatic cancer often face a number of hurdles such as an inability to complete tasks due to physical limitations, taking time off for treatment, and potentially hostile work environments. Such instances need to be addressed in survivorship.
According to a Harris Poll conducted by Cancer and Careers, of the 913 patients and survivors surveyed, 73% said they want to work, however 59% of those who worked through treatment believed that they had no choice. In attempting to balance work and their cancer, those surveyed reported feeling fatigue, difficulty managing discomfort from post-treatment side effects, and taking longer to complete work tasks. However, many said working during treatment helped them to cope and was a benefit.
Researchers explain the need to not only support patients while they are undergoing treatment, but also to understand the obstacles that arise in post-treatment and survivorship. As limited data exists on the subject, there is still much analysis and research to be conducted so as to accurately address difficulties unique to those individuals returning to work following cancer.
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Original source: www.cancertherapyadvisor.com