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Le cancer et le travail : répercussions et stratégies

Dr. Christine Maheu, RN, PhD

Dr. Christine Maheu is an Associate Professor in the Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Maheu is also an Affiliate Scientist at the University Health Network and the University of Toronto. At McGill University, she teaches research methods, supervises graduate students (masters, doctoral, post-doctoral), mentors practicing nurses and students in research, and conducts research in English and French. She has held research awards with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. These awards funded her research in psychosocial oncology, which focuses on developing and testing psychosocial interventions or measurements tools for various cancer populations. Additionally, in partnership with Ipsos Canada and funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, she is co-leading a nationwide survey of the needs of cancer patients for transition care from the end of their treatment to three years after their diagnosis. Dr. Maheu received awards for excellence in nursing research (2013, 2015, 2016) from Ovarian Cancer Canada, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and the Quebec Association of Nurses in Oncology.

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Ms. Rosemary Cashman

Ms. Rosemary Cashman is a nurse practitioner at the BC Cancer Agency and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her professional experience includes the care of lymphoma, lung cancer and brain cancer patients. She co-chairs the Patient and Family Advisory Council, which guides the brain tumour care program at the BC Cancer Agency. She has authored book chapters and articles related to the care of brain tumour patients and their families. Ms. Cashman was involved in developing and implementing a rapid-access radiotherapy clinic for the palliative treatment of lung cancer and she continues to work in this clinic.

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Kyla Johnson, Occupational Therapist, Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital

Ms. Kyla Johnson, M.Sc.A., originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Kyla Johnson works as an Occupational Therapist at the Segal Cancer Center of the Jewish General Hospital. She holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McGill University. Her goal as a rehabilitation professional in Oncology is to enable people with cancer to be able to do what they want and need to do, in all stages of their cancer experience. Kyla helps develop strategies and accommodations to facilitate a return to meaningful life roles, including work. She is specialized in cancer-related cognitive dysfunction and runs a weekly group teaching strategies to improve daily cognitive functioning. Kyla also leads a volunteer yoga class for young adults with cancer. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Ms. Maureen Parkinson, Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor, M.Ed. C.C.R.C, BC Cancer

Ms. Maureen Parkinson is the province-wide vocational rehabilitation counsellor at the BC Cancer Agency. She has also been vocational rehabilitation counsellor at a public rehabilitation hospital and vocational rehabilitation consultant to insurance companies and the court system. She has instructed and facilitated Service-Canada-funded programs on job searching and career exploration. Ms. Parkinson has a Masters in Counselling Psychology, is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor, and completed the Certified Return to Work Coordinator Program through the National Institute for Disability Management and Research. She has developed return-to-work and job-search seminars for cancer patients and created the guidebook “Cancer and Returning to Work: A Practical Guide for Cancer Patients” as well as on-line articles about returning to work and school. She also co-authored a paper commissioned by the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, “Cancer and Work: A Canadian Perspective”.

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Chacun réagit à sa manière au cancer et à son traitement. Cette section présente certains des types de symptômes associés au cancer et aux traitements, regroupés par type, soit physiques, cognitifs et émotionnels et psychologiques. Les changements corporels peuvent se traduire par des effets secondaires immédiats et à long terme, et leur intensité dépendra du type de cancer et du traitement suivi. Voici certains des symptômes et effets les plus susceptibles de compromettre votre capacité à travailler. Votre type d’emploi a également une influence sur le degré selon lequel les symptômes affectent votre capacité à travaillerNous allons voir ce que vous pouvez faire pour réduire leur effet. Nous vous donnerons aussi quelques idées de mesures d’adaptation de votre poste en fonction de ces symptômes courants et des effets du traitement. Notez toutefois que ces suggestions ne sont pas valables pour toutes les personnes, tous les emplois ou tous les milieux de travail. D’autre part, les employeurs ne sont pas de tenus de les appliquer. Il pourrait être utile de demander une évaluation professionnelle à des spécialistes de la rééducation pour obtenir des suggestions afin d’adapter votre milieu de travail. Pour en savoir davantage, consultez notre section sur l’évaluation professionnelle.

Les symptômes ne découlent pas tous du cancer ou de votre traitement. Si vous remarquez des changements ou l’apparition de nouveaux symptômes, adressez-vous à votre médecin.

Symptômes physiques

Cette section présente certains des principaux effets secondaires physiques pouvant être causés par le cancer ou votre traitement.

Les symptômes cognitifs

Les symptômes émotionnels et psychologiques

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