School and Work After Cancer

Many cancer survivors either need or want to return to work or school after completing cancer treatment. This can be an exciting and overwhelming decision. Doing so may help you regain a sense of purpose, build self-esteem, decrease feelings of loneliness, connect with colleagues and friends, focus on something other than cancer, and provide a financial benefit. However, when returning to work or school you may be faced with several challenges related to fatigue and managing side-effects. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about whether or not you are ready to return back to work or school and discuss options that may be helpful such as decreasing hours, job duties, or number of courses you are taking as you ease back into life after cancer.

Resources on Returning to Work or School After Cancer

American Cancer Society on Returning to Work After Cancer Treatment

University of Rochester Medical Center Back to Campus Tips for Returning to School After Cancer

National Cancer Institute Facing Forward

Cancer and Careers

Livestrong on Managing Work with Cancer