Basic human compassion and general understanding of the treatment situation of employees with cancer with guide you most of the way to dealing with the situation appropriately. Yet the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) wants to be sure employers treat cancer patients in a manner consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Of course, cancer patients are not a uniform block. For some, treatment soon after a diagnosis will render them unable to work as productively as they normally would — or at all — for a period of time. Others will just keep chugging along as if nothing happened.
One of the biggest impediments cancer patients face is prejudice and mythology from people, including employers. For that reason, the EEOC has laid out guidance for employers when dealing with job applicants, as well as employees.