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11. Help manage expectations at the workplace

Step 11 of 11 in getting ready to return to work:

You can help your patient manage their own expectations and those of their supervisor by providing clear guidelines for restrictions, limitations and graduated return to work. Your patient can refer to these guidelines as needed. If your patient is experiencing fatigue, pain or cognitive problems, these tend to be invisible and hard for others to imagine or accept.

You may want to encourage your patient to read our tips for communicating with people in their workplace to help deal with co-workers’ reactions. You and your patient may also want to discuss whether, to whom and how they might disclose their cancer at work.

For issues to consider discussing, see who gets to know: how to exercise your power of “disclosure” in the Survivor section of this website.

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