- Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families
- Learning about chemotherapy treatment
- A checklist of questions to ask your doctor or nurse
- Should I get a second opinion?
- Where will I get chemo?
- How will the chemo be given to me?
- What are clinical trials?
- Can I take other medicines while I am getting chemo?
- How will I know if the chemo is working?
- How do I give my permission for this treatment?
- Chemo safety
- Will I be able to work during treatment?
- Chemo side effects
- What are common side effects?
- Hair loss
- Increased chance of bruising, bleeding, and infection
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
- Mouth, gum, and throat problems
- Nerve and muscle problems
- Skin and nail changes
- Urine changes and bladder and kidney problems
- Weight gain
- Other questions you may have
- When to call your doctor
- Sex, fertility, and chemo
- Thoughts, emotions, and chemo
- Paying for chemo treatment
- More information from your American Cancer Society
Will I be able to work during treatment?
Whether you can continue work, school, and other activities depends on your treatment and how it affects you. For some treatments, you may need to stay in a hospital for a week or more, but many people are able to keep working during treatment. You might be able to schedule your treatments late in the day or right before the weekend so that they interfere with work as little as possible.
If chemo makes you tired, try to adjust your work schedule for a while. You may be able to arrange a part-time schedule or work from home. If you get health insurance from your employer, you’ll want to keep your job during treatment. Federal and state laws may require some employers to allow you to work a flexible schedule during your treatment.
To find out more about keeping your health insurance and your rights as an employee, call your local American Cancer Society office or our toll-free number. You can also find out about employment-related rights by contacting your congressional or state representatives.
Last Medical Review: 03/07/2013
Last Revised: 03/07/2013