Cancer can be a devastating disease, and you may be disabled for the rest of your life regardless of the outcome of the treatment. Just going through chemo and everything else really takes a toll. You need an incredible amount of rest, you may feel weak and sick all of the time, and you may find that you absolutely cannot hold down a job.
Now, it all depends on the type of cancer. For instance, some skin cancers that get caught early just require minor surgery that is over in a few minutes and has no lasting impact. Other surgeries, especially for things like bone cancer, can result in the loss of a limb. There’s a drastic difference in scale here, and it depends on how advanced the cancer is, what type it is, where it is located, how early you catch it and what type of treatment your medical team feels is best in your case.
One important thing to note here is that just because the treatment is successful does not mean you will ever fully recover. You may wind up with a permanent disability. For instance, those who lose limbs sometimes have to deal not only with the physical loss but with phantom limb pain and other such symptoms. All of this stems from that original disease, and it can change your life for a long time after the disease has been eradicated.
If you do face these serious hurdles while you have cancer or after treatment, meaning you can no longer work, make sure you know what rights you may have to Social Security Disability benefits.