Breast cancer's costly side-effect: Long-term unemployment
NEW YORK (NBC News) - The effects of a breast cancer diagnosis may continue long after
A new study from the University of Michigan finds one
third of early-stage breast cancer patients who are treated with chemotherapy
are unemployed four years after treatment, and not because they don't want to
Many had trouble keeping a job because of all the time they missed
for appointment and procedures.
Others had long-term effects from
chemotherapy, like numbness in their limbs or trouble thinking and
"I have one patient who put sticky notes all over her
computer, it wasn't' what she did before. But it's how she's adapting to keeping
herself organized after chemotherapy," says Dr. Jennifer Litton of the MD
Anderson Cancer Center.