Helping cancer survivors return to the workplace

More working-age Americans than ever are surviving cancer and going back to work. However, whether their return to the workforce is successful depends on both their illness and their employer.

Key statistics:

  • More than two-thirds of cancer survivors are able to return to work (RTW).
  • 31% of employed cancer survivors report some reduction in their ability to do physical job tasks.
  • 23% report a reduction in their ability to do mental job tasks.
  • Among those who return to work, between 40% to 60% do so by six months post-diagnosis, increasing to about 89% after one to two years.

Which factors can predict whether a cancer survivor will be able to return to work? What can employers do to help ensure successful and sustained RTW outcomes? It’s important to anticipate and accommodate the effects of treatment on an employees’ ability to perform their job.

Cancer and disability

In this article published in the DMEC’s @Work magazine, Glenn Pransky, MD, and Paul Barker, MD, Scientific Advisor and Regional Medical Office for Lincoln Financial Group, respectively, examine the interventions and resources companies can turn to, to help their employees make the transition from successful cancer treatment to a successful return to work.  Read the full article. (PDF)

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