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Colorectal Cancer: Newly Diagnosed: At Work (Stages 2, 3, 4)

If Your Work Requires A Lot Of Physical Effort

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Check with your doctor to find out whether there will be periods during which you will not be able to do the physical effort you do now, or even at all.

It is likely that you will not be able to do a lot of physical labor immediately after surgery and perhaps during recovery. Radiation or systemic therapies such as chemotherapy may leave you fatigued.

If you won’t be able to physically do your job for a while, ask for an accommodation a work – a change which is not an undue hardship on your employer which permits you to do your work. Perhaps there is other work you could do on a temporary basis.

If you have an advisor, review your situation with him or her. Ask for help creating a plan that will work best for the company and for you.

If you are a member of a union, talk to the shop steward or another union official about your situation and how best to accommodate it at work.

For information about negotiating an accommodation at work, click here.

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