Most people can still go to work or school with minimal interruption during cancer treatment. There are exceptions, such as intensive treatment for acute leukemia or aggressive lymphoma. Most people will need to modify their schedule to allow for frequent clinic visits and may need to modify their work hours or school course load to allow for treatment-related fatigue.

If you’re very ill at diagnosis, or if your treatment is expected to be intense or will require frequent hospitalization (such as for some forms of acute leukemia or aggressive lymphoma) you may need to take disability leave from work or school for a period of time.