Practical Concerns After Cancer Treatment

Cancer can have a long-lasting impact on many practical areas of your life, including returning to work after treatment.


Cancer care is one of the most expensive treatments in the United States. Cancer survivors commonly have financial problems long after active treatment ends.

Understanding Your Health Insurance

City of Hope will help you navigate your health insurance to determine what's covered after treatment ends.

Returning To Work

Since many cancer patients stop working at some point during treatment, it can be challenging for survivors to re-enter the workforce.

Legal Protections In The Workplace

Legally, your cancer history can’t be used against you in the workplace, and you don't have to tell potential employers about your medical history. The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees your right to health privacy and prohibits employers with 15 or more employees, from discriminating against employees or qualified job applicants based on disability, including cancer.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off for health reasons. Companies with at least 50 employees are required by law to provide this job protection. FMLA leave may be taken in small amounts, like hours or days. If you didn’t use all of your FMLA benefits during cancer treatment, you might be able to use some after treatment for medical reasons.