The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Working During Treatment featured Barbara Hoffman, J. Barbara Hoffman You should be aware of any deadlines in your personnel policy about when you are able to return to work. I don't know which drugs you're going to be receiving, but I assume it's one of the common regimens used to treat breast cancer. However, I am still off work, and do not feel mentally prepared to return to my high-stress, long hours, position. So I'd encourage you to reach out to your doctors, as well as other members of the breast cancer community, and also turn to the people you're closest to — your family and friends — and hopefully you can work through this in a timely fashion and be able to return to your normal activities. This question is about the specific side effects of chemotherapy treatments.The employer then began weekly performance reviews and she was terminated about one month after her cancer diagnosis.
answering your questions about the legal, financial, physical, and emotional aspects of working during breast cancer treatment. It would be helpful to make sure you don't need some additional treatment from other professionals.
You may in fact have an anxiety or depression response to this news, and that's not abnormal in this situation.
We do not anticipate any further treatment (radiation or chemotherapy) at this time. You may find a support group in your local community, and there are a number of online support groups and other support organizations.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2007. Two months ago I had a mastectomy, and am currently taking tamoxifen. In addition to healthcare professionals, support from women who are going through the same process can be very helpful.
In early 2013, Ayanna Kalasunas felt on top of the world.
She’d just gotten engaged and was working in e-commerce operations at a Philadelphia-based retailer.
But one that didn’t even occur to her was that after about three years she’d be unemployed and without her employer-provided health insurance. Between 20 and 30 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer will lose their jobs, according to a study published Monday in Health Affairs, endangering their financial security as well as their insurance coverage.
But the risk is heavily biased: Poor women are four times more likely to be jobless by the end of treatment than their better-off peers.
“Disability” is defined under the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities, or that one has a record of such impairment, or one is regarded as having such an impairment.
If the applicant or employee is otherwise qualified for the position, the employer must provide a reasonable accommodation unless such accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship.
There are an estimated 3.8 million working-age adults (ages 20 to 64) with a history of cancer as of 2002, and consequently more cancer survivors are in the workplace now than ever before, (NCI, 2005).