Workplace Training and Services

Most survivors of childhood cancer have productive careers as adults.

But some childhood cancers and treatments can result in emotional and physical limitations. Those limitations may affect a survivor’s job possibilities – from the choice of career to the hours worked.

In some cases, survivors may need additional training and vocational rehabilitation services to complete their education or to find or keep steady employment.  

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Some childhood cancers and treatments can result in emotional and physical limitations, which may have an impact in the workplace.

Problems That May Occur

Work-related problems may not appear until years after therapy is completed. Common problems include:

  • Difficulty writing by hand
  • Challenges with spelling, reading, and math
  • Limited memory
  • Limited attention span
  • Limited vocabulary
  • Trouble concentrating on projects
  • Trouble completing tasks in a timely manner
  • Difficulty completing assignments that require multiple steps
  • Problems relating to organization and planning
  • Difficulty with social situations
  • Hearing and vision difficulties

What Survivors Can Do

Survivors have resources to help with employment issues.

Help With Finding and Keeping Employment

The website Cancer and Careers has many free resources for cancer survivors who are looking for employment, along with other workplace tools. Services include a resume review program and professional development “micro-grants.” These “micro-grants” provide funding for any type of course, training, conference, or coaching needed for a cancer survivor to advance in or keep his/her current job, shift jobs, or look for a new opportunity.


Reviewed: June 2018