Effects of chemo

My son is having four rounds of chemo starting next week. The oncologist says it will be a relatively light chemo as the tumour is very small. Can anyone please tell me how this is likely to affect him and his work. He works from home, mostly at a computer. 

Thank you 

  • Hi Thunderclap,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us.

    I see from your activity you have joined the testicular cancer forum. I hope you’re finding our online community supportive.

    Some people find they are still able to continue working, but others find it difficult due to possible side effects of chemotherapy.

    However, it’s unlikely your son will experience all of the side effects.

    Chemotherapy for any type of cancer can affect people in different ways. Because of this it’s difficult to know how your son will be when he’s on his treatment. The important thing to mention is that he will be given a 24-hour phone number for the chemotherapy unit if he is concerned about any symptoms.

    It might be a good idea for him to have a chat with his employer about his upcoming treatment and ask about a flexible working arrangement. We have information about work and cancer you find helpful to look through.

    We also have a work support service team that can speak with your son if he needs any advise about his rights at work.

    I hope this information is helpful but if there’s anything else we can help you with please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.

    Take care and warmest regards,

    Sarah (cancer information nurse specialist)