The journal Archives of Otolaryngology reported a study that followed patients with carcinomas (cancer) of the head and neck to find out if they stopped working. Here are the highlights:
239 patients were employed at time of diagnosis and 38.1% discontinued work.
Of those who left work, the top 5 reasons were: Fatigue (58%), speech (51%), eating (45%), pain (37.8%) or discomfort and appearance (17.1%).
The authors noted that identification of the factors associated with the decision to discontinue work is a first step in providing focused solutions to minimize work disability.
Identification of factors… that makes sense, doesn’t it? But who is helping these folks once this is identified? What have you found helps you?