Returning to Work
Returning to work after an absence for cancer treatment is often difficult. Most women have concerns about relationships with colleagues, how to respond to questions and curiosity, whether to wear a wig and then, later, how to dispense with the wig and show up with very short hair. There are other worries, too, about elapsed time and what you may have missed, rusty professional skills, resentments or prejudices or other unseen factors at work. This is an article from BMC Cancer Journal about an intervention designed to make the return a bit easier. This is an excerpt and then a link to a longer summary. On that page, there is a link at the bottom to take you to the full PDF if you are interested in reading more.
Enhancing return-to-work in cancer patients, development of an intervention and design of a randomised controlled trial
Compared to healthy controls, cancer patients have a higher risk of unemployment, which has negative social and economic impacts on the patients and on society at large. Therefore, return-to-work of cancer patients needs to be improved by way of an intervention. The objective is to describe the development and content of a work-directed intervention to enhance return-to-work in cancer patients and to explain the study design used for evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention.