The aim of this study was to determine employment outcomes after radiotherapy (RT) for prostate cancer (PCa).
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The Danish DREAM database contains information about social benefits paid to Danish citizens.
Data are recorded prospectively every week. From the database, it is possible to assess whether a patient is working, on sick leave or retired at a certain time. Data on 417 Danish citizens treated with RT for PCa at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, between 1 January 2005 and 1 May 2010 were obtained from the database. The data were collected during a 2 year period from 1 year before RT to 1 year after RT.
Among patients of working age, 75% were still available for work 1 year after RT. The degree of sick leave increased almost continuously in the year before the start of RT and reached a maximum of 56% during RT. After RT it gradually declined. There was no significant difference between the number of patients on sick leave 1 year after RT compared to 1 year before RT (p = 0. 23). Patients spent a significantly higher number of weeks on sick leave in the year after the start of RT compared to the year before RT (p = 0. 001).
Except for a transient increase in sick leave during treatment, RT did not seem to affect the working lives of patients with PCa significantly.
Scandinavian journal of urology. 2016 Jan 12 [Epub ahead of print]
Joen Sveistrup, Ole S Mortensen, Per M Rosenschöld, Svend A Engelholm, Peter M Petersen
a Department of Oncology , Rigshospitalet , Copenhagen , Denmark ;, b Department of Occupational Medicine , Køge Hospital , Køge , Denmark. , a Department of Oncology , Rigshospitalet , Copenhagen , Denmark ;, a Department of Oncology , Rigshospitalet , Copenhagen , Denmark ;, a Department of Oncology , Rigshospitalet , Copenhagen , Denmark ;