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Kittens Mittens
Time off work

Hello,

This is probably one of those "how long is a piece of string?" questions because everyone is different, but I was wondering how long people have generally taken off work for CC treatment? I have told my manager I have CC and she is keen to know how long to expect me to be signed off for, so that she can start to put provision in place for my absence. Without knowing my grade or treatment plan, I have no idea. The internet tells me that I could likely expect 5 weeks of radio/chemo, but I presume I would need more than 5 weeks off work because there may be recovery time involved? Just wondering if it might be a matter of a few months or maybe even as many as six months?

Sorry if this seems a little cold and business-like, but I find that focussing on the practical side of things is helping to distract me from potentially hearing some awful news in a couple of weeks.

Many thanks,

KM x

  • 18-Jan-20 High-risk HPV and high-grade abnormal cells
  • 29-Jan-20 Colposcopy and biopsy
  • 07-Feb-20 Cervical cancer diagnosis
  • 11-Feb-20 MRI
  • 12-Feb-20 CT
  • 21-Feb-20 Grade 2 adenocarcinoma stage 1B1 or 2A1.
  • 05-Mar-20 EUA - stage 1B1 confirmed.
  • 09-Mar-20 Abdominal radical hysterectomy
Izzzy76

I personally would say 6 months in all, depending on your treatment and how you feel in general. I could have worked al throughout my treatment but I didn't, and I am glad I took this time just for me to do what ever I feel like doing.

 

If you are going in for regular chemorads, it's most likely over and done within 6 weeks. But with planning and scanning my whole treatment took from August 28th ( official diagnose after 2 biopsy colposcopy) until October 29th. My first chemo was on September 18th and my last brachytherapy ended on October 29th.

 

28-8-2019 diagnosed grade 2 squamous 2B 4 cm tumor Mri suspect lymphe nodes but pet scan Shows no lymph nodes 25 radio extended field, 6 chemo and 4 brachy finished October 29 2019
Izzzy76

I personally would say 6 months in all, depending on your treatment and how you feel in general. I could have worked al throughout my treatment but I didn't, and I am glad I took this time just for me to do what ever I feel like doing.

 

If you are going in for regular chemorads, it's most likely over and done within 6 weeks. But with planning and scanning my whole treatment took from August 28th ( official diagnose after 2 biopsy colposcopy) until October 29th. My first chemo was on September 18th and my last brachytherapy ended on October 29th.

 

28-8-2019 diagnosed grade 2 squamous 2B 4 cm tumor Mri suspect lymphe nodes but pet scan Shows no lymph nodes 25 radio extended field, 6 chemo and 4 brachy finished October 29 2019
Dee78

Hi,

I had a radical hysterectomy in September and I was off work for 14 weeks.  I do personally think I could of done with a few more weeks off however financially it just wasn't possible.  I did go back on a 4 week phased return just to get back into the swing of things.  Some days exhauation is still an issue for me.  Hope all goes well with your treatment and you work supports you with the time off you need to recover.  xxx

1st April - colposcopy and lletz

13 May - told cc

29 May - CT and MRI

12 June - staged 1a2, need another lletz to confirm treatment

24 June - 2nd LLETZ, awaiting confirmation of treatment.  Restaged 1b1.

3 Sept - laparoscopic modified radical hysterectomy(retained1 ovary)

19 Sept - pathology confirmed no lymph node involvement and NED, no further treatment required.  3 month follow ups...

Southofthelake
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I was thinking of taking off 3 months including my treatment weeks, but based on what the other two ladies said, perhaps that will not be enough. You could initially do it for 3-4 months and get your leave extended if possible, and your job allows it? 

It's still a guessing game for me as i start my treatment in 2 weeks and it effects everyone dofferently. 

October 2019 - smear test

November 2019 - results back; hpv with severe dyskaryosis, colposcopy organised.

November 2019 - colposcopy biopsy taken - confirmed abnormal cells

December 2019 - lletz performed

Jan 2020 - called in: confirmed I have cancer

Tests run through Jan and Feb. During this time went through fertility treatment; 5 eggs frozen.

End Feb - confirmed stage 2b CC (updated info, staging changed to stage 3 invlving lymph nodes)

Treatment starts March - 28 external radio/5 chemo/4 brachy

Only sat 3 chemo after developing tinnitus

April 25th - finished brachytherapy

July 2020 - MRI

Awaiting results

Kittens Mittens

Thank you all for your replies. My initial thoughts are to prepare my employer for potentially 6 months away. I am in the very fortunate position that I will receive full pay for the first 6 months of sick leave, so money need not come into it (unless I end up taking more than 6 months, of course). I certainly would not want to feel I had to go back sooner than I was ready to.

  • 18-Jan-20 High-risk HPV and high-grade abnormal cells
  • 29-Jan-20 Colposcopy and biopsy
  • 07-Feb-20 Cervical cancer diagnosis
  • 11-Feb-20 MRI
  • 12-Feb-20 CT
  • 21-Feb-20 Grade 2 adenocarcinoma stage 1B1 or 2A1.
  • 05-Mar-20 EUA - stage 1B1 confirmed.
  • 09-Mar-20 Abdominal radical hysterectomy
Memagh

This was one of the questions I desperately wanted information to when I was going through treatment. I was diagnosed 1st August and went back to work at the start of the new school term on the 6th January. I initially went back on phased return (4 days a week) for the 1st month back which was really helpful to have the Wednesday's off to rest. I started back exactly 2 months after finishing treatment because I really felt I needed to focus on something other than cancer but even my oncologist thought 2 months was too soon and she really recommends 3 months off from the end of treatment. I think if you aim for this kind of timescale and if it's any earlier, it's a bonus.

x Maria 

Diagnosed CC 01st August 2019 Stage 1b2 with 1 local lymph node involved. Something else showed up on pet scan. Treatment delayed for surgery, done on September 9th. Found to be a simple ovarian cyst, 1 ovary and tube removed. Treatment plan 5 chemo, 25 radio and 4 brachy. Treatment start date 02nd October 2019. Treatment end date 8th November.

10th February 2020

MRI and Pet-CT clear. NED

3 monthly scans

 

WendyJE

As the others have said around 6 months would be a good estimate. I was diagnosed (and kept in hospital) on 1st July. Treatment started with 6 weeks of chemo two weeks later, then a further 5 weeks of chemo alongside daily radiotherapy, finished off with two brachytherapy, one week after the other (this is in-patient for two nights).So I finished treatment at the start of October. I went back to work in December.  Some people do continue working but I felt quite tired after chemo sessions and also quite woolly-headed so not sure that would have been conducive to me doing my job. Also during chemo your immune system is non-existant so will depend on where you work if this is manageable. 

Hope this helps x

No missed or abnormal smears. Odd symptoms started in April 19.

Diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma 2b with one lymph node involved on 1/7/19.

Started 11 weeks of chemo on 15/7/19.

Started 25 external radiotherapy on 26/8/19.

2 brachytherapy and end of treatment on 6/10/19. 

 

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