• I work as a 4K teacher and director and want to know if I will be able to work while having radiation and chemo?

    Asked by ahddub on Saturday, November 19, 2011

    I work as a 4K teacher and director and want to know if I will be able to work while having radiation and chemo?

    I am only 37

    16 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      all I can tell you is treatment treats each of us differently. I worked through all my treatments, chemo, twice, and radiation, twice. Allthough, the chemo kicked my butt and I had to take off 3 days every other week. Radiation wasn't so bad. You will just have to see how it treats you, but plan on having some difficult days, and being run down a bit at the least.
      Good Luck with your treatments, I wish you the fast and easy treatments!!

      over 9 years ago
    • ahddub's Avatar

      Thank you for the information. : )

      over 9 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar

      Both my husband and I teach. He's been able to work through chemo so far, but is now going to have to take disability retirement. When he was first diagnosed, he took about 2 months off to begin treatment (and then it was summer). Since back at work, he's had to take a number of days off, especially right after chemo. Radiation wasn't so bad. Hopefully your doctors can work with you on scheduling if you want to keep working, but expect to be very tired and sick feeling right after treatments.

      over 9 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I was able to work through radiation and chemo but I spent my weekends resting. I also usually took a nap after work as well. I think the important thing to remember is to take good care of yourself and not try to be a hero. This is a time to be selfish.
      I let a lot of things go during my treatment so I had the energy to work as I felt work was important to me. If people offer to cook or clean or food shop take the help. It makes others feel good to help you and those little things really make a difference.
      Good luck to you. You can get through this.

      over 9 years ago
    • sofarsogood's Avatar

      Many people do, but it is really difficult dealing with the fatigue. If you've been saving for a rainy day, it's raining. All of us want to minimize the effects of cancer on our lives, but don't be a martyr. You don't have to prove anything to anyone. This is your time, if you possibly can, take the time off, because the stresses of work aren't going to help you. You will not be able to get this time back, you deserve it.

      over 9 years ago
    • Glenda's Avatar

      Spouse found out in June 2011, he was working then. Of course when the company he was working for found out, they used economy as a excuse to terminate. So they laid him off in Aug. 2011. He has had one treatment, "Chemo" and there is no way he would have been able to worked. He has had all of the side effects. He goes back in Monday the 21st for his next treatment and the nurse said usually the side effects are mostly the same. I keep hearing everyone is different, so just can't say about you. Side effects for him was not being able to breathe, no energy, tired all the time, aches in all his bones, constipation (his words "Concrete" tearing his insides out. Not able to eat but very little. Taking pain meds, which makes you sleepy, dizzy

      over 9 years ago
    • Rob's Avatar

      I am on radiation 5 times a week with Chemo on Thursday. I am retired but take care of mom in law and aunt with shopping, hair apointments and Dr. and drug store.
      I guess it depends of the treatment you are getting.
      After 5 Chemo treatment and 12 radiatiations. I have lost my hair and am a little fatig.ued

      over 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      This is a great question.
      My advice:
      1) keep moving - this helps you feel more energetic.
      2) when you feel cruddy, have active activities for the kids. They'll love it... and you getting into motion will help you out as well. For me, this is the #1 treatment - motion - for feeling cruddy.
      3) if you have a "wave" of ick (I get these occassionally) - is it possible for you to call someone to your room for around 20 minutes? My waves of ick don't last long if I take a short little walk....
      4) Try to treat it like an inconvenience - if you can believe this - this was the advice given to me by my oncologist. He told me that the women who treat it like an inconvenience are the ones that seem to do the best. It is an inconvenience... And sometimes a really sucky one. Overall, tho, I find it very manageable.

      I'm ten cycles in - six to go. That's ten cycles of taxol with carboplatin added for cycles 1, 4, 7, and 10. Plus, I had an experimental drug until just this past week. I don't know what your chemo's like - everyone's cancer is different, etc...

      I hope this helps.

      over 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      PS - I'm 41.

      over 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      this is only a question your onc can answer kids and germs go hand in hand and our body is already used to some germs but depending on what chemo u r on and how well u do on it is what matters i was on red devil and cytoxin i was running around 6 flags in texas while on it most people are not as hypers as i was on it but then i had taxoterre which most people do great on and it kicked my butt. i did not leave the house so talk to your onc and let your body be the judge

      over 9 years ago
    • earlyr's Avatar

      I was 57 when I went through 42 radiation treatments and never missed a day at work. I would go at lunch time. Towards the end I got pretty tired.

      over 9 years ago
    • foneheads' Avatar

      I have had 2 chemo treatments (3 weeks apart) of Cytoxin/Taxotere. Still have 2 left. I am currently self employed and have 6 kids at home to provide for. I have to admit that I scramble to get everything "taken care of" before my treatments because I know the minute its in my veins, I am down (almost unable to function) for 7-10 days. I have had every side effect under the sun so far and the fatigue is overwhelming. I am counting the days to be done with this crap. I'm 42.

      about 9 years ago
    • bigladylw79's Avatar

      I was told to take off work. I work at a jail and my chemo nurse said because a jail have many airbourne diseases and germs it is best to take off. She said my immuno system is being compromised by the chemo. So I am off of work for the next 3 months :(

      almost 9 years ago
    • Maxine's Avatar

      I am also a teacher. It was very important to me to continue working-- and I did! I worked throughout my chemo (except for treatment days). I had my chemo on Fridays to give me the weekend to rest). now I am over half finished with radiation, asnd I haven't missed a day of school (fourth grade). I do have to take medication to control my stomach issues (lomotil), or I don't think that I could work. I have to mention-- I have both endometrial and breast cancer, so I had double chemo and radiation. I believe that it is mind over matter-- be strong!!!

      over 8 years ago
    • Maxine's Avatar

      I workedf through both. I'm not going to say that it was easy. I had my chemo treatments 9on Friday. so by ionday I felt better. I found radiation (which I finished last weerk) to be extremely tir9ing, because I went every day after school. I never picked up any diseases from yjr kids (I teach 4th grade). I am 63.

      over 8 years ago
    • lchapman2000's Avatar

      I think this is different for each person. It truly depends on how your body reacts to the treatment. I am also a teacher and planned on working through my treatment. However, my white cell count kept dropping and I kept getting infections during chemo. I was told that I needed to go out on leave. I was missing too many days waiting for my numbers to come back up and the radiation was really hard on me. I had serious GI issues and fatigue. Hopefully all goes well for you and you can trudge through. Wishing you the best on your journey!!

      about 8 years ago

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