2016 Volume 92 Issue 3-4 Pages 42-61
This study reviewed 34 Japanese and foreign literatures on the employment status of gynecological cancer survivors and the job assistance provided to them, and it examined the issues faced by medical professionals when providing job support to cancer survivors. The findings revealed that medical problems are among the factors that prevent gynecological cancer survivors from being able to continue working; these problems include distress due to complications of treatment and the difficulty of self-management those complications. It was suggested that treatment for medical problem and patient education including care by medical professional should allow gynecological cancer survivors to both receive treatment and continue working. In the future, a domestic survey needs to ascertain factors that can potentially prevent cancer survivors from working, and a comprehensive program to help them continue working needs to be developed with the involvement of medical professional.