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Helping to understand the barriers of returning to work after breast cancer

For some, returning to work marks an important milestone in moving forward after treatment. You’ve done it, made it through treatment and are on the other side! But returning to work comes with its challenges. Side effects can linger and affect your ability to focus. Your job could be demanding and you don’t have the same energy that you did before cancer. Or your finances require you to return before you are truly ready. Adjusting to this new life is tricky.

Fortunately, this significant barrier to achieving your ‘new normal’ is being recognized. There’s a ton of resources online including information on our website and also a Canadian focused website, cancerandwork.ca, designed to help you understand and navigate this new challenge in your post-cancer life.

More research is necessary though in further understanding where the challenges remain. The Work Wellness Lab at Saint Mary’s University (in Halifax, NS) is studying the work experiences of Canadian women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. They are conducting a survey study that is aimed at all Canadian women 18 years or older who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 5 years and who were working at the time of diagnosis.

The study is made up of 5 surveys, which will each take about 20 minutes to complete, over the course of a year. The surveys are self-administered online surveys about your breast cancer and work experience.

If you are interested in furthering this important research you can participate in the survey here.

And if you have any questions about this study you can reach out to WorkWellness@smu.ca or by calling 902-491-8628.