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    After cancer support

    Professor Bogda Koczwara

    Improving return to employment of cancer patients treated with curative intent chemotherapy.

    Our research

    We are developing strategies to assist cancer survivors in returning to employment, in particular those in disadvantaged communities where employment may be hard to obtain and maintain. Following cancer, approximately one third of working cancer survivors do not return to employment. Cancer survivors are approximately 1.4 times more likely to be unemployed than healthy people and their work ability is impaired more than any other chronic disorder. Approximately 20-30% of working cancer survivors report one or more limitations in work capacity, with some of these effects long lasting. 

    What we aim to achieve

    We hope that every patient will receive appropriate advice and assistance to maintain employment or to modify employment to suit their particular needs so they can safely continue work and maintain productivity and work satisfaction.

    Our next steps and milestones

    Our next steps are to develop targeted resources for disadvantaged communities, to pilot an intervention and develop it for a randomised study. 

    What motivates me

    I am motivated by a quest to address problems that are troubling my patients on the daily basis. 

    My message to supporters

    We are very grateful for the support that allows us to progress this area of needs that currently does not receive a lot of support and attention.


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