Joblessness an Unwanted Side Effect of Chemo for Breast Cancer

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Survey found over one-third who had the drug therapy were unemployed four years later



Wed Apr 30, 2014 07:45 PM

If women took time off for chemo and recovery, they likely lost their old job.  The only women I know who did not lose their jobs when they took time off for chemo and healing, were flight attendants,  teachers, and other government employees who were protected by their respecitve unions.

Wed Apr 30, 2014 09:13 PM

I am one of those women who lost their job (I worked up till the hysterectomy when my position was eliminated) and I still am unable to work.  It was recommended that I take a very aggressive approach for my early stage BC IIIA Her 2+.  I had a right mastectomy, took 6 mos. Chemo, 7 weeks Radiation, 1 year Herceptin.  I also had to have a hysterectomy and I am still on Arimidex now 8 yrs from my initial diagnosis in 2006.  I also was declined for diability even though I have worked sinced I was 17 years old. I now have chronic lymphedema, Short -term memory issues, neuropathy & chronic fibromyalgia from the combined treatments......but guess what??  I am still here so yes the benefits of life out weighs the risks.  But I do think our Government, Employers and even some Doctors need to be more considerate in what any Cancer Survivor must go through & endure to be alive.  I still would not change a thing for the time I have with my husband, family & friends.

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