Be the Boss Over Cancer

If you're balancing work and cancer, you may find yourself on-the-go quite often - between treatments, work, support groups and meetings, it can be difficult to find time to eat a healthy meal. Breakfast can be especially difficult. Here's a quick breakfast formulated especially for cancer survivors:

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For young adults with cancer, dealing with the difficulties of treatment is only one of many obstacles that they will face. Often, young adults fall into a gray area - not necessarily old enough to be treated as adults, but too old to be seen as children. This transitional phase is thrown even more out of whack when they are a new member of

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We're on the road again and will be making our first trip to Miami, FL to host our Balancing Cancer and Careers seminar. If you're in the area, join us for this free interactive and educational event!

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Every year we put together a video that tells the story of someone balancing cancer and their job to highlight how important it is to support people working through treatment, it is then premiered at our annual Beauty of Giving fundraiser in December.

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We're excited to announce that we will be making our first trip to Seattle, WA to host our Balancing Cancer and Careers seminar. If you're in the area, join us for this free interactive and educational event!

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Recently Kayleen asked a great question on our career coaching site: "I have just finished chemotherapy for colon cancer and need to find a job. What should I say on my application as to why I left my last job?" Rosalind, one of our careers coaches, was very frank saying "If the job application asks you directly about reasons for leaving

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Occasionally in the news you hear about a cancer survivor's experience with their workplace. Sometimes it's a great example of the survivor and their workplace working really well together (such as this Georgia sheriff's experience) and other times it's less positive resulting in the survivor leaving their job or being forced to take legal action.

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Did you know an employer is not allowed to ask about your medical history, let alone if you have cancer? It's true! Your employer can only ask if you can perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

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This past Friday, June 18th, was the Chicago Cancer Rights Conference. Hosted by the Cancer Legal Resource Center, it included many sessions such as Employment and Taking Time Off Work, Getting and Keeping Health Insurance, Navigating Managed Care, Estate Planning, and Disability and Life Insurance Options.

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These exercises will not only help reduce wrist and shoulder strain from long days at your computer, they will also improve flexibility and reduce stress.

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Cancer and Careers is on the move again, with three events this June & July in Chicago, Washington, DC, and St. Louis. See below for more details about each and to RSVP.

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We have been running monthly polls on our website about some of the issues that often come up when dealing with work and cancer. Though not surprising, the results have certainly been interesting, often confirming things we already know anecdotally.

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Last week an article appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times that showed how quickly things can change at work after a cancer diagnosis, sometimes for the better, in this case for the worse. Margaret Walsh had been in her position at a community college for four months when she got an ovarian and abdominal cancer diagnosis in February of 2009.

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It's conference season and this past week Cancer and Careers has been on the move. The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) conference was in Phoenix, where we had an exhibit AND hosted a session so that social workers could better advise their patients on balancing work and cancer treatment. Also on the west coast, the Oncology Nursing

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Last Thursday was the final session of our 2010 Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals. The session, titled Legal and Insurance Issues to Consider with speaker Joanna Morales, Esq. from the Cancer Legal Resource Center (http://www.cancerlegalresourcecenter.org) covered everything from the federal and state laws that protect employees, to

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Tonight's The Stupid Cancer Show LIVE at 9pm EST with Matthew Zachary, co-host Lisa Bernhard and doofus Jack Bouffard, deals with Employment and Insurance Issues.

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For most cancer patients, the first question they have is "Will I live?" And for many their second question is "Can I work?" As aptly pointed out in a recent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, "the stress of the disease doesn’t necessarily end with the chemotherapy…

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Cancer and Careers had it's inaugural trip to Boston last night to try out a brand new event with partners SELF Magazine and Shiseido Cosmetics: The Beauty of Caring Event. Attendees went to 3 mini-seminars, which included:

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The 2nd session of our 2010 Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals on April 1st was led by Julie Jansen, Executive and Career Coach and Author (and also one of the CAC career coaches!), and Laura Mosiello LCSW-R, Director of Women's Cancer at CancerCare. Titled "Re-entering the Workforce After Short and Long Absences", it covered a wide

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Cancer and Careers has hit the ground running for 2010 - literally! We're going to be on the road a lot this year, reaching our audience nationwide. Up first this month: Boston, MA and Atlanta, GA. See below for more info on these great FREE events. We hope to see you there!

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