2012 Volume 88 Issue 4 Pages 148-153
It is important to reveal the actual situations regarding employment support for workers with cancer (cancer survivors). We interviewed full-time occupational physicians who were supporting cancer survivors. These physicians are employed by large companies that have a system in place for employees returning to work after an illness. In addition, the physicians play a role in operations of their company’s rules regarding that system. In large companies, cancer survivors, compared with workers with other diseases, find it easier to return to work because of sympathetic support at the workplace. In contrast, for employees who may pose danger to others, it is often difficult to accomplish returning to work. This is something we should consider in regard to the protection of personal information and complicating mental health disorders.