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Living With Advanced Prostate Cancer

Living With Advanced Prostate Cancer

WHAT MATTERS TO YOU?

Work Matters1

How to manage work and prostate cancer at the same time

If you are employed, metastatic prostate cancer and its treatment may affect your ability to work. For some men, job security concerns in the face of advanced cancer and treatment can be very stressful.

PLAN AHEAD: WORK WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM TO DEVELOP A PLAN

If you have concerns about losing income as a result of missing work, talk to a social worker to see what financial resources and support are available to you. You may also want to get in touch with a financial planner to get a plan together in the event that you will not be able to return to work for a long time.

WORK AHEAD: MAKE YOUR PLAN

For those who are continuing with work, below are potential strategies for navigating workplace challenges:

  • Set Expectations: Your healthcare team can help you determine what type and duration of work you may be able to handle while you’re undergoing treatment. Your doctor may also provide strategies for coping with side effects.
  • Plan Ahead: Planning ahead can help make the most of your work time and allow employers to prepare for any absence.
  • Understand All Alternatives: Alternate career or volunteer activities may be less strenuous and more enjoyable and practical if you are unable to continue your current job.

NOT WORKING…BUT KEEPING BUSY…

You might be at a point where you feel you need to suspend or cut back work during this time in your life. You may have already stopped work temporarily or permanently. This is okay.

For some men with metastatic prostate cancer who have left the workplace, being able to enjoy other activities such as volunteering is important. It provides them with a chance to work with other people, continue or develop a skill, as well as feel that they are contributing something meaningful. Even if your time or energy is limited, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer for a cause you feel strongly about.

References

Reference

  1. My Prostate Cancer Roadmap. Available at:
    http://www.myprostatecancerroadmap.com/living-advanced-prostate-cancer-work

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