- After Diagnosis: A Guidefor Patients and Families
- What is cancer?
- Who gets cancer?
- Did I cause my cancer?
- Can cancer be inherited?
- Why me?
- Am I going to die?
- How do I cope?
- How do I talk to people about my diagnosis?
- Making treatment decisions
- How is treatment planned?
- What should I ask my doctor?
- Will I have pain?
- Will I be able to work during treatment?
- Will I be able to exercise during treatment?
- How will cancer affect my sex life?
- How will I pay for all this?
- What other resources do I have?
- To learn more
Will I be able to work during treatment?
The answer to this question depends on the type of treatment you are getting, the stage of your cancer, your health, and the kind of work you do. How much work you can do and whether you need to limit how much you do both depend on how you feel during treatment. Some people with cancer are able to go to work and go on with much of their normal every-day activities while they get treatment. Others find that they need more rest than usual and cannot do as much. Your doctor may suggest that you limit some of your activities.
Many people are able to keep working while they are getting treatment. You may 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 your treatment makes you very tired, you might want to think about changing your work schedule for a while. Talk with your employer about your needs and wishes. You may be able to agree on a part-time schedule, or maybe you can do some of your work at home. Under federal and state laws, some employers may be required to allow you to work a flexible schedule to meet your treatment needs.
Last Medical Review: 03/08/2012
Last Revised: 01/25/2013