• Working while on treatments?

    Asked by GetItOut on Friday, September 7, 2018

    Working while on treatments?

    How much were you/are you able to work during treatments? I am wondering if I['ll be able to keep working through this. I am afraid I'll not be able to keep up the pace and get tossed. Has anyone had this happen?

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      It depends on how you feel, the working environment and your job. Before cancer, I was a preschool teacher and that meant that I would be exposed to many germs from children. So as soon as I found out my plan I had to take a leave off absence. The chemo made me so sick that I ended up in the hospital four times. And by the time I could go back, the school had folded up. So I never did go back to my job. I did free lance stuff for awhile but now I take care of my granddaughter. That is more important to me.

      about 1 month ago
    • Leuky's Avatar
      Leuky

      I am still working but I am slowing down. I just don't want to be a drag on the office, but I'm trying to keep up.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      GetItOut,
      Your oncologist can probably give you the best guess about how you'll feel, since the doctor is most familiar with your treatments and your type of cancer. If you have sick leave or disability insurance, it's definitely less stressful to stay home during treatment. Ask to speak with the Social Worker at the doctor's office for information on financial help.

      I have no information about it, but I think there is a temporary type of Social Security benefit you can apply for (NOT permanent disability).

      As far as "getting tossed" from your job, depending on several things like the number of employees they have, you may be legally protected by the U.S. EEOC (if your employer has 15 employees or more):
      https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/disability.cfm

      Cancer in the workplace:
      https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/cancer.cfm

      When you have time, check out the above links which include more links. Be sure to get familiar with FMLA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The above links also give phone numbers to call if you have questions about "getting tossed" from your job. Please update us and feel free to run your employer questions by us.

      Best wishes.

      about 1 month ago

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