NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Part 8: Moving beyond treatment
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employers are required to make reasonable accommodation to help you do
your job during or after cancer treatment. Reasonable accommodation is loosely
defined as changes in work arrangements (schedule, office location, etc.) that
will allow a qualified person to continue to do his or her job without causing a
significant hardship for the employer. For more information on laws related to
survivorship and the work place, visit the Cancer Legal Resource Center (www.
disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/about/cancerlegalresource.cfm) or Cancer and
Both sites include a wealth of information on getting back to work after cancer
treatment, including regularly updated information on legal and insurance issues.
In your relationship
Sex has a way of falling by the wayside when you’re being treated for cancer.
In addition to sexual side effects such as reduced libido (interest in sex), vaginal
dryness, and difficulties getting or maintaining an erection, physical effects
such as hair loss or scarring can leave cancer patients feeling damaged and
undesirable. So even if you have a fabulous and supportive partner, it may take a
little time to re-establish a comfortable sexual intimacy once treatment is over. And
if you’re single, re-entering the dating world can feel like an expedition to Mars.
Getting back in touch with your sexual self is a process. Physical problems can
often be helped with medication. Emotional barriers such as fragile self-esteem
can be overcome by being open and honest with your partner and maintaining
open lines of communication so you can both work through your concerns about
sex after treatment.
If you’re currently single, try not to put too much pressure on yourself to find “the
one,” or to hide from potential relationships. Gradually lower yourself back into the
dating pool, by getting involved in social activities you know you enjoy. Let dating
be a by-product of the social life you are already enjoying.