Daniellabella wrote:My husband was diagnosed a few weeks ago with colorectal cancer.
Treatment should start soon...we are meeting with the oncologist next week.
My husbands work only gives him 5 sick days and 4 personal days.
In Canada, does that mean after he uses those 9 days, he only gets
4 months of medical EI?
Please help if you know or have been thru this.
I’m very scared and overwhelmed for his health and how to practically get thru this!
EI paid sick leave is for a maximum of 15 weeks and pays 55% of average weekly pay to a maximum of about $550 per week.
I would suggest you wait to find out what his treatment plan will be first before making any decisions. Once you know how much time off he will need, then you can decide whether to apply.
I chose to work around my treatments, losing 3 to 4 days every 2 weeks depending on my treatment schedule. It has been tough working some days and the lost income is also tough, however I decided that for me it was better to not use the sick benefit now just in case I needed it at a later date this year. Despite the lost days I'm still earning more than I would be paid through EI.
CC Dx Oct 2017 @ age 58
Laparoscopic right hemi-colectomy Dec 2017
Adenocarcinoma ascending colon – 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, Low Grade, penetrates to peritoneum
T4a N2a M0, Stage IIIC
lymph nodes 6 positive out of 18
FOLFOX started Jan 16 2018; finished Aug 2 2018 (felt like a year)
CEA - 01/15/18 - 2.8; 07/29/18 - 5.3
CT scan Aug 8 2018 - Clear
PET scan Sept 6 2018 (thought about bringing the cat
) - Clear