NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults - page 81

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Version 2013
Part 7: Living your life
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Navigating school
The combination of cancer and the social jungle that is school can be
particularly challenging. In addition to constantly being exposed to the germfest
of classrooms, locker rooms, and communal bathrooms, side effects like
fatigue and chemobrain can make it harder to keep up with coursework.
No matter how much you may want to keep your condition under wraps, it’s
important to let your teachers/professors and school counselor know about
your cancer. Have a talk with each teacher as soon as you’re diagnosed
(and at the beginning of each semester) about the side effects you’re likely
to experience and how they may affect your ability to attend class or meet
deadlines. Discuss how—and when—you should request extensions if needed.
Navigating work
Since cancer treatment can last for months to years, it’s likely that you’ll
be working for much of the time you’re in treatment. Before treatment
begins, make time to talk with your boss and get a clear understanding
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