New Study Examines Breast Cancer Survivors' Experiences Managing Cancer and Work

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A new study conducted by the University of Kentucky examined breast cancer survivors' experiences with communicating with their oncology team about employment and work issues. 

Published in the Journal of Cancer Education, the study leaders conducted 24 qualitative interviews with Kentucky breast cancer survivors who were working 30 hours per week or more at the time of diagnosis. More than 70 percent of those interviewed reported no communication or only routine communication with their providers regarding work and employment issues.

More than 80 percent of women return to work between 12 and 18 months following a breast cancer diagnosis. Returning to work typically includes challenges like financial stress, changes in work hours or roles, dealing with physical or cognitive limitations and risk of future unemployment.

In low-wage earning workers, these challenges can be magnified due to fewer benefits and less flexibility associated with low-wage jobs; additionally, women who hold low-wage jobs are less likely to take recommended time off following a cancer diagnosis and are more likely to work throughout treatment.

Read the full story from Medical Xpress.

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