11 Ways to Manage Cancer While You're Working

Battling cancer doesn't mean you have to quit your job. These tips from cancer survivors who went through treatment while working will help you manage both (12 Photos)

Cynthia Ramnarace on May 24, 2012 at 2:59PM

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11 Ways to Manage Cancer While You're Working

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Know Your Legal Rights

You can’t get fired because of your illness. It’s illegal, thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which also requires your company to make “reasonable accommodations” so you can still do your job. That means you can modify your work schedule or even have your job restructured. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows you to take up to three months off work unpaid, either consecutively or in increments (such as several days every few weeks during chemotherapy). The FMLA also protects your job and guarantees your health insurance will continue. For more info about laws specific to your state or advice on any legal aspects of your diagnosis, contact The Cancer Legal Resource Center.

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