​​​School and Work

Girl holding textbooks, standing outside on a path​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Returning to work or school, or seeking a new job or school program following cancer treatment is an important goal for many young adult cancer survivors.

Engaging in work and educational activities are meaningful life roles that provide a sense of self-identity, stability, daily structure and offer a network of social support. Returning to work or school following treatment can provide a sense of normalcy and can have a positive impact on your self-confidence and self-image.

People treated for cancer sometimes have new challenges when they return to school or work. You may notice new difficulties with returning to school or work because of:

  • side effects of cancer or cancer treatment
  • fatigue (feeling very tired) and changes in your sleep patterns
  • pain
  • stress and anxiety
  • changes in how you can think and focus (cancer-related "brain fog")

Your health care team has prepared tips and resources that can make your return to school or work easier. The tips and resources may be most helpful if you are a young adult cancer survivor (someone under age 40), but anyone can use this information to help them adjust to everyday life after cancer treatment.


Online Schools and Career Building Programs

High Schools
Colleges & Universities
Career Building Programs


Scholarships & Bursaries

Emmy Duff Scholarship
Pink Pearl Scholarship
​Childhood Cancer Canada Survivor Scholarship


Work & Employment Support Services​

Care​er Edge
Youth Employment Se​​rvice (YES)
Youth Employment Service (YES) - YESability


​​Return to W​ork & Assistance Programs​

Wellspring's Returning to Work Program
Wellspring's Brain Fog for Young Adults Online Program

Also known as ‘chemo-brain’, brain fog is the common term for changes in cognition (thinking) that often result from cancer and its treatment. Brain Fog is an online educational program that teaches ways to address and improve cognitive functioning. Registration is required, along with a commitment to attend all sessions, once a week for eight weeks.

Learn more about Wellspring's Online Brain Fog Program »

POGO School and Work Transitions Program
Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Program
Cancer and Work website
Cancer and Careers
Ontario Human Rights Commission: Duty to Accommodate eLearning Module

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Last reviewed: 6/20/2022
Last modified: 6/21/2022 8:58 AM