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Return to Work Following Cancer

back-to-workby Dr. Tricia Morrison

According to 20 cancer survivors who recently participated in a photovoice study exploring work following cancer, there are a variety of motivations underscoring a desire to resume work following cancer. For these participants, the predominant motivations for return to work included the fact that work represented a sense of normalcy and health recovery, underscored individuals’ identity, sense of self and responsibility, and informed a sense of community with others. While the majority of participants did not question a return to their pre-cancer vocation, for some the cancer experience triggered reflection on ideal life balance or a desire to find a more meaningful post-cancer pursuit.

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