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Working During Breast Cancer Treatment

Posted on June 04, 2018

The shock of a breast cancer diagnosis and side effects from treatment can make it difficult to succeed at work. It's easier to be productive with a supportive boss, understanding clients, kind co-workers, and a flexible schedule. Learn from others about how they are successful while working during treatment.

On MyBCTeam, the social network and online support group for women facing breast cancer, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Working during treatment is one of the most discussed topics.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about working during treatment:

Before my diagnosis, I had a thriving career. Part of me wants to get back the life I had before and the other wants to travel. I am trying to discern what I am supposed to do with the rest of my life, but I can't figure it out. Any advice?

Work discrimination - Have you experienced it and what have you done about it? What laws protect us?

I've been off of work since having BMX. I'm returning to work next week. Any suggestions from others who have worked while having chemotherapy?

Here are some conversations about working during treatment:

Luckily I earned the privilege to Telework 4 days a week with one day onsite in 2015 before BC so during treatment I never went into the office at all.

Today was another good one! Managed to get all the way to the office downtown for the second time this week! Considering it's a 4 hour round trip commute it's a miracle I made it!

I’m back to work full time, which I am glad, however, I am experiencing lots of fatigue. Did anyone experience this? Do you have any suggestions?

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyBCTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I worked through treatment. For me it was a great escape. I was Laura the nurse, and not Laura the cancer patient. I did wear a wig, so looked some “… read more

posted about 2 months ago

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