De Boer said that a patient's working life should be taken into account during diagnosis and treatment. "Employment outcomes can be improved with clinical and supportive services aimed at better management of symptoms," she said. Also, she noted that paid sick leave needs to be increased in many countries to help ease some of the economic burden faced by those fighting cancer.
Just last week, a study presented at the conference on Science of Health Care Disparities found that many cancer survivors forgo necessary medical care because they can't afford it.
To learn more about life after cancer treatment, visit the National Cancer Institute.
SOURCES: Angela de Boer, Ph.D., assistant professor, the Coronel Institute of Occupation Health at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Smita Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H., director, Center for Cancer Survivorship, City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.; Feb. 18, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association