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Burnet, Texas Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Page 5A i Age is a risk factor for breast cancer, as the organization Susan G. Komen notes that the older a woman is, the more likely she is to get breast cancer. However, data from the National Cancer Institute indicates that breast cancer rates in women begin to increase after age 40, meaning many women diagnosed with breast cancer have to juggle both their disease and their careers. The nonprofit organization says that breast cancer treatmems can produce some cognitive side effects that affect thinking and memory. Memory loss and difficulty concentrating are two such side effects that can make it difficult for working women to do their jobs while being treated for breast cancer. Professional women diagnosed with breast cancer may be able to take advantage of short- and long- term disability programs that provide a percentage of their incomes if they are diagnosed with an illness that prevents them from doing their jobs. In addition, Breastcancer. org notes that, in the United States, the Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees to maintain their benefits and keep their jobs while taking up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to heal from serious health Despite those options, many women may want to continue working while receiving treatment for breast cancer. Such women can heed the following tips, courtesy of, to overcome any cognitive effects of treatment so they can continue to perform their jobs capably. Start taking notes. Start taking notes during meetings, important work- related conversations and even doctor's appointments to counter any issues with memory. Keep such notes on a tablet or smartphone so they can be quickly and easily accessed throughout the day. Write down deadlines and work schedules. Accomplished professionals may keep lists of deadlines and work schedules in their heads, but that internal list might not be so reliable while women are being treated for breast cancer. Make use of the calendar function on your smartphone or tablet to note deadlines, even setting alerts so you receive routine reminders when important dates are coming up. Make and routinely update a to-do list. Some professional women diagnosed with breast cancer may be juggling work, treatment and their families. :,~4Keepjng a; to-do-list and. - Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander : Highlander and Burnet Bulletin advertising rep Cindi Fry personally knows the challenges of juggling a career with treatment for breast cancer. checking items off as they're completed can help women effectively manage such juggling acts and save time. Set realistic goals. Breast cancer treatment ,can produce, a hostofside effects, including into account the effects that fatigue, treatment may have on their So women who plan to energy levels. If need be, continue working during delegate more tasks and ask treatment should be sure to for more help. set realistic goals that take Many women, continue working while being treated for breast cancer. A few simple adjustments can help such women overcome many treatment- related, ohsta zles. athonero At Te s ology, ,our patients aR as remarkable as our cam. They re part of a cancer-~hting ,cemmuni . the s ze of T:exas. ysicians, 175+ locations storewide and thousands of patients on clinic,tda{s, in fact, mere 50,00 Texans Choose :us ::every !year --- including amazing pat :ents |ike OhrarleL She came :in for .treatment and her way to vict:e 7 over ,caner. See :her story at T co| TEXAS ONC.OEOG -MARBLE FALLS 1100 :Miss:ton Hifls, Suite 290 iMar: :e Fails, TX 7;8654 830-798-0149