Employment and cancer: findings from a longitudinal study of breast and prostate cancer survivors

Bradley, C. J., Neumark, D., Luo, Z., Schenk, M.

We discuss how cancer affected the employment of almost 800 employed patients who participated in a longitudinal study. The greatest reduction in patients’ labor supply (defined as employment and weekly hours worked) was observed 6 months following diagnosis. At 12 and 18 months following diagnosis, many patients returned to work. Based on these and other findings related to patients’ employment situations, we suggest 4 areas for future research: 1) collection of employment information in cancer studies; 2) research into racial and ethnic minority patients and employment outcomes; 3) interventions to reduce the effects of cancer and its treatment on employment; and 4) investigations into the influence of employment-contingent health insurance on cancer treatment and recovery.

Topic(s): Economic Burden
Health Condition(s): Cancer
Year Published: 2007
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