- A Guide to Chemotherapy
- 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’m getting chemo?
- How will I know if the chemo is working?
- How do I give my permission for chemo treatment?
- Chemo safety
- Will I be able to work during chemo treatment?
- Chemo side effects
- Fatigue from cancer treatment
- Hair loss from chemotherapy
- Increased chance of bruising, bleeding, infection, and anemia after chemotherapy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
- Constipation caused by chemo
- Diarrhea caused by chemo
- Mouth, gum, tongue, and throat problems during chemo
- Nerve and muscle problems caused by chemo
- Skin and nail changes caused by chemo
- Urine changes and bladder and kidney problems during chemo
- Weight gain during chemo
- Other questions you may have about chemotherapy
- When to call your doctor about side effects from chemo
- Sex, fertility, and chemotherapy
- Thoughts, emotions, and chemo
- Paying for chemo treatment
- More information from your American Cancer Society
Will I be able to work during chemo 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: 08/11/2014
Last Revised: 08/24/2014