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Cancer and it's side-effects can affect your work-life or education plans. You may need some support and information.


Our vocational rehabilitation counsellor is available to discuss your concerns about work or school. This can include talking about: returning to work; staying or stopping work; learning about programs; understanding your insurance benefits or; accessing appropriate rehab sources.

A counsellor is available by appointment either in person (in Vancouver and Fraser Valley) or by telephone for patients who require assistance with work-related issues. 

Call 1-800-663-3333 ext. 672126 to make an appointment with a vocational rehab counsellor.

Learn More about working with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor


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Cancer & Returning to Work: A practical guide for Cancer Patients (2014)

This guide will help you think about and take the necessary steps to get back to working after having cancer and treatment. A job analysis worksheet is available in the guide.

BC Cancer Agency cancer patients can request a free copy by going to BCCA Contact page and completing the web query request form.  To order a hard copy go to the PHSA Bookstore .The cost is $20.00 each + shipping & handling. You can also borrow a copy from the BCCA library.


This presentation covers the steps that someone, who has a history of a brain tumour, can take to help them prepare for returning to their place of work. 

By watching this webinar you will learn: 
  • Steps you can take to prepare for return to work
  • Resources available to improve work ability
  • Adaptations and strategies to improve functioning at work
The demands of college, trades and training programs can be hard to handle. You are wise to plan up front and give yourself the best chance of success.  As a result of your cancer and treatments, you may find changes in your body such as fatigue (low energy), muscle weakness, or changes in vision, hearing or movement.  Some people may have changes in thinking and attending to information or memorizing things.   

You may also feel less able to cope with the stress of a full course load.  If your problem is mainly fatigue, it can be helpful to return to school part time, to allow yourself to adjust to school demands and finish your healing.  It is worth speaking to your school counseling department for advice and support about housing, so you can be successful in your learning.   

If your changes go beyond fatigue ask your doctor if this is expected, whether this will get better or not and whether you would benefit from medical, rehabilitation and psychological support.   

Vocational rehabilitation counselling and group support is on hand at the B.C. Cancer Agency to help those who would like explore ways to stay at school or return to school but are coping with cancer care and healing. 

Vocational rehabilitation assessment is also available to those who would like to explore career choices before committing to a training program.

If you require resources for emotional support please see Emotional Support Resources


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