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Bogda Koczwara - November 2016
Aside from the obvious benefits of working--an income--there are certain aspects of working that are in some ways equally important. Working helps to preserve a sense of identity and purpose, particularly through a rough time. Additionally the social interaction can provide a sense of normalcy that a cancer diagnosis can often derail.
However, despite the importance of work, in most places there is no system in place that addresses the needs of those working during or after cancer. Patients, health professionals, and employers all need support to help people return to work after cancer. It is important for researchers to start measuring the impact of cancer on employment at both the individual and social level, and develop strategies to manage it.
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Original source: theconversation.com