Cancer and cancer treatments may affect multiple systems and organs. The neurological system, muscles and bones are particularly vulnerable. Problems with limb weakness and loss, gait disturbance, imbalance and other problems affecting normal walking are common in 25%–35% of cancer patients. Fatigue and visual changes may add to these mobility challenges. Existing mobility impairments before cancer may become more challenging.
It is important to consider whether the employee’s condition would create challenges with the commute to and from work or with the performance of job tasks that require standing, walking, climbing, etc. Also to be considered is whether mobility impairments will likely improve or not over time.