At the conclusion of radiation treatment and recovery, many patients will choose to return to work for either economic reasons or to restore a feeling of normalcy. It’s a happy milestone, and means you're feeling healthy enough to get back to your routine. At Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center, we're committed to helping you through every part of the cancer treatment process, and that includes getting back into the workforce.
Be Kind to Yourself
Ideally, you'll be healthy and strong enough to return to work as normally after your treatment – but that's not always the case. Any form of cancer treatment can be hard on the body, and you may have good and bad days as you continue the healing process and reintegrate yourself into the working environment. And all of that is ok – what's important is to listen to your body, take it slowly, and be kind to yourself during the recovery process.
Start with Communication
All that said, you'll still need to be mindful of those around you as you get back into your working routine. It's critical to maintain an open line of communication with your boss, employer, or HR department, and you'll want to be as open and transparent as possible with how you're doing as you reintegrate. Don't be afraid to discuss alternative working arrangements like part time or new temporary positions as you return to working, as there may be another arrangement that's mutually beneficial for you and the company but lets you adjust to working gradually.
Know the Letter of the Law
As a patient returning from cancer treatment, you're entitled to certain privileges and accommodations as you reintegrate to the work environment. Study up on the federal Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and don't forget to look into the laws at the state and local level, as well.
If you have any additional questions about returning to work after treatment, call us today at 907-262-7762 or reach out to us at our contact page. We’re always here to help in any way we can.