One's ability to work following a cancer diagnosis depends on many factors, including,
but not limited to, the type of work that the individual does, the stage of the
cancer at diagnosis, and the treatment protocol. In many cases, remaining at work
during treatment, or returning to work as quickly as possible following a cancer
diagnosis, is possible for patients; in other cases, special provisions may be made.
As with family members and friends, communication between a patient and his or her
employer is key in assuring that a person with cancer is comfortable and safe at
These resources are meant to help people with cancer, their caregivers, and their
employers understand the unique needs of people with cancer in the workplace.