Labor reinsertion in oncological disease: fears and concerns

Written by: Marta de la Fuente Lago
Edited by: Top Doctors®

With the diagnosis of cancer, negative emotions are triggered and can become uncontrollable and affect us in a significant way in our day to day. Once recovered, theoretically we are already prepared to return to our daily activities, but in many occasions very intense fears and worries arise that can interfere us at the time of recovering our previous occupations to the disease, among them the return to work .

The return to normality is complex and depends on each case, and is that cancer is a disease that affects today 1,500,000 people living in Spain and from which each year registers 222,000 new cases. Because 40% of them are of working age and the survival and rate of improvement has doubled, the return to work more than an objective is a goal .

The return to work after suffering cancer has a difficult process, despite affecting one and a half million people in Spain 


How to return to normal

The difficulties are going to be there. Excessive pressure, negative criticism, early retirement or non-renewal of contract can endanger the complete rehabilitation of a patient. Work absenteeism may be a short-term solution, but what it does in the medium and long term is to worsen the problem and increase the frustration of the patient.

An active role in reincorporation, an attitude centered on trust, flexibility and tolerance with yourself can be a guarantee of success. The psychological help is in these cases is key to provide tools to the patient and help cope with this situation in an appropriate way.


Fear of rejection

The fear of sharing the disease with the work environment for fear of possible rejection may be common among new diagnoses. In some cases this situation generates anxiety and nervousness , while in others, it gives them a sense of normalcy and helps them to face the disease with the utmost serenity possible.. That is why specialists insist on advancing the development of treatments that produce fewer sequels and allow patients to reintegrate themselves as soon as possible and as soon as possible.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Marta de la Fuente Lago

Marta de la Fuente Lake is a prominent psychologist wide esperiencia in the treatment of cancer patients and is currently the Head of Psycho-Oncology Unit of Hospital MD Anderson Cancer Center Madrid. It has an extensive academic background, and specializes in disorders of anxiety and stress, along with eating disorders and body image.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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