Chemotherapy and Your Work

Many people are able to continue working to some degree while they are being treated with anticancer drugs. It may be possible to schedule your treatments late in the day or right before the weekend, so they interfere with your work as little as possible.

If your chemotherapy makes you feel very tired, you might want to think about adjusting your work schedule for awhile. Speak frankly with you employer about your needs and wishes at this time. You may be able to agree on a part-time schedule, or perhaps you can do some of your work at home.

Under Federal and state law, some employers may actually be required to allow you to work a flexible schedule to meet your treatment needs. To find out about your on-the-job protections, check with your local American Cancer Society, a social worker, or your congressional or state representative.

To find out more about your rights at work while having chemotherapy, call the American Cancer Society at: 1-800-ACS-2345.

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