Cancer. Just the word is enough to make you shiver and evoke all sorts of emotions. This disease hits loved ones as hard as the affected person, and has an effect on the workplace and colleagues in turn.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, it is the leading cause of death in this country. Fortunately, research is always moving forward, and effective treatments are currently available.
In plain language, cancer occurs when a mutated cell develops abnormally, becoming a malignant tumor. By multiplying rapidly, it causes damage to healthy cells and internal organs.
Sometimes, cancerous cells are discovered only when they are at an advanced stage. However, various symptoms can help detect the disease, for example:
- A suspicious lump
- Persistent coughing
- Severe fatigue
- A skin condition
Although these symptoms can point to other problems, a medical opinion should be sought out if there is any doubt.
The announcement of a cancer diagnosis can turn someone’s life upside down. For this reason, it is preferable to have someone you trust accompany you to the doctor’s office to provide support and lend an ear.
The main emotions experienced by the affected person and their loved ones are fear, anger, a sense of injustice, resignation, sadness or even hope.
Without resorting to magical thinking, maintaining a positive attitude is beneficial.
It is essential to undergo the treatment sessions one at a time, stay confident, adopt a healthy lifestyle and continue to partake of one’s normal daily activities.
As soon as the disease is identified, treatment begins quickly. Depending on the type of treatment, the stage of the disease and the chances of success, sick leave may be needed.
If the person continues working, their manager could offer them options to let them get to their medical appointments and consider solutions such as telecommuting or part-time work.
The affected person should be encouraged to seek professional help in their time of anxiety.
Also, the employer should pay special mind to the person’s colleagues and invite them to express their concerns.
Support and communication are key to live through this experience in the most positive way possible.
To find out more about this topic, we suggest you read the reference document.
In case of any questions, doubts or a specific need for support, don’t hesitate to contact the specialized support service offered to the eligible individuals.