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Working during cancer treatments

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iloveny68 specializes in Med/Surg Tele.

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I'm getting ready to begin 6 weeks of external radiation for thyroid cancer. I have no idea what to expect work wise. They tell me that I should feel fine the first several weeks, but after that the fatigue will hit, along with the side effects (dry mouth, decreased appetite, problems swallowing, skin irritation, etc). I work on a very stressful med surg floor, and I hate not being "in control" of how I am going to feel - if that makes any sense. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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One of the unit secretaries at my place of employment is going through chemotherapy to treat breast CA, and she is able to make it to work on most days. I also had a former coworker who was having radiation treatments done and was able to work 8-hour night shifts on most nights of the week.

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