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August/September 2007 (vol. 04/2)
Fatigue limits cancer RTW
In a study of patients who underwent treatment for head or neck cancer, only half of those employed at the time of diagnosis were working one year after treatment; 38% reported discontinuing work because of their cancer and treatment. Patients rated fatigue as the most likely reason for not returning to work (59% said this was a key factor); problems with eating (45%), speech (51%) and pain or discomfort (38%) were also important. Physical appearance had little impact on the decision to quit.
Occupational Health at Work August/September 2007 (vol. 04/2) pp41