NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
Moving beyond treatment
What is a survivorship care plan?
If you feel that letting coworkers know you are
recovering from cancer treatment will be helpful, tell
them. The choice is up to you.
That being said, you can talk to your employer if you
need to adjust things at work because of ongoing side
effects. Under Federal law, 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
In your relationship
Sex has a way of falling by the wayside when you’re
being treated for cancer. Sexual side effects such
as reduced libido (interest in sex), vaginal dryness,
and difficulties getting or maintaining an erection can
happen. Physical effects such as hair loss or scarring
can leave cancer patients feeling damaged and
undesirable. So even if you have a supportive partner,
it may take a little time to re-create a comfortable
sexual intimacy once treatment is over. And if
you’re single, re-entering the dating world can feel
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 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 date. Give yourself space
and time to figure out what you want in a relationship.
When you do start dating, wait until you have a sense
of trust and connection with the other person before
telling him or her about your cancer.
For more on sexual issues during survivorship:
See the American Cancer Society’s Web pages
on Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer at:www. cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/ physicalsideeffects/sexualsideeffectsinwomen/ sexualityforthewoman/sexuality-for-women-with- cancer-cancer-sex-sexuality
And Sexuality for the Man With Cancer at:www. cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/ physicalsideeffects/sexualsideeffectsinmen/ sexualityfortheman/sexuality-for-men-with-cancer- intro
For more information on
laws related to survivorship
and the workplace:
Visit the Disability Rights Legal
Center (DRLC) athttps:// disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/
or Cancer and Careers atwww. cancerandcareers.org/en/at-work/Back- to-Work-After-Cancer.
Both sites include a wealth of information on
getting back to work after cancer treatment.
You will also find current information on legal
and insurance issues.