Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chemotherapy Cause Unemployment ?

One in three breast cancer survivors who work at first treated , it does not work again in four years later . This influence is especially true in women who received chemotherapy . Once mentioned a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center , released 28 April 2014 .

The researchers conducted observations on women in Detroit and Los Angeles who has been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer . They pursing respondents into 746 women who reported working when diagnosed first time . The participants were surveyed about 9 months after diagnosis and followed up again about four years later .
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In general , about 30 percent of the working women , no longer works when the follow-up survey conducted four years later .

" Many doctors believe that even though the patient may lose jobs during treatment , they will ' bounce back ' in the long run . Results of this study indicate otherwise . Losing a job is a long-term negative consequences that may occur from chemotherapy that was not fully appreciated until recently , " said lead study author Reshma Jagsi , MD , D. Phil . , professor of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan Medical School .

Many patients take time off from work during chemotherapy treatment to overcome the immediate side effects of therapy . The researchers say this may lead to problems of long-term employment . In addition , chemotherapy treatment can cause side effects such as neuropathy or long-term cognitive problems , which can also affect employment prospects .

The findings suggest the need to reduce the burden of breast cancer treatment , and strengthen current efforts to develop better strategies for identifying patients . ( SDJ )


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