Retire with breast cancer?


Question from MarisaC: Is a person with breast cancer allowed to ask for retirement?
Answers - Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. From a clinical point of view, it's important to know if you have active disease, whether the disease is metastatic, and if so what the prognosis is. Or are you someone who's newly diagnosed and is undergoing therapy? I don't know the legal implications, but it seems to me that would be important information to know before answering your question.
Barbara Hoffman Additionally, I'd need to know what the personnel policies are where you work to know the rules regarding retirement.
Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. Other than retirement, other options are a leave of absence. Or perhaps you're eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave policy or you're eligible for disability insurance.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2007, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Working During Treatment. Barbara Hoffman, J.D., Irene Card, and moderator Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. answered your questions about the legal, financial, physical, and emotional aspects of working during breast cancer treatment.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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