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Calming Your Cancer Anxiety

Maddy Meislin on February 27, 2017

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Stress and anxiety are common company of a cancer diagnosis. If left unchecked, your body’s reaction to these stresses can lead to impaired immune function and an assortment of troubling symptoms. Thankfully, there are tools and techniques that can help you combat fear and anxiety, and regain a sense of control.

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The Role of EQ in Balancing Work & Cancer

Rachel Becker, LMSW on February 6, 2017

Emotional Intelligence, also known as EQ, refers to our ability to understand and manage our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. EQ plays a very important role in the context of our professional lives, and this is particularly true when it comes to balancing work and cancer.

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Meet CAC’s New Manager of Programs!

Nicole Franklin on January 9, 2017

My name is Nicole Franklin and I am Cancer and Careers’ new Manager of Programs. As a public health professional, I am continuously dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all people, which is why I am so excited to work for CAC.

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How to Deal with Workplace Distractions

Chrissy Brennan on December 5, 2016

These days, when there’s so much emphasis on staying connected through social media, and the “bullpen” office layout is becoming the norm, it’s no surprise that the inability to stay focused at work is on the rise.

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How to Stay Resilient During Challenging Times

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on November 21, 2016

Going through cancer can be a challenge in itself. Going back to work after a diagnosis and treatment can make the experience even more difficult. Here we explore various ways to be resilient in the face of challenge.

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Don’t Create Work-Life Balance — Create Boundaries

Chrissy Brennan on November 14, 2016

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Establishing work-life balance is hard — especially for cancer survivors returning to the job post-treatment. So here’s another approach: Establish boundaries instead.

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Give Yourself a Confidence Boost!

Maddy Meislin on October 26, 2016

We all have a tendency to compare ourselves to others, which isn't always helpful. One way to counter that is by boosting your self-confidence. Here’s how...

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What’s the Best Work Style for Your Personality?

Sarah Goodell on October 20, 2016

Business Insider recently published a quiz to help you determine, based on personality traits, the best work style for yourself. While this is helpful for everyone to consider, it is especially important for those looking for work — or reconfiguring how they work — after cancer.

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Workplace Wellness Programs & Privacy

Maddy Meislin on September 29, 2016

Employer wellness programs are becoming an increasingly popular way to create happier and healthier employees and more productive workplaces. But while such programs may provide potential health and cost benefits, it’s important to note that the information collected for employer-sponsored programs is not covered under health privacy laws.

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Gathering Information Before Disclosure

Maddy Meislin on September 8, 2016

The decision to disclose your diagnosis to an employer is personal, but if you choose to do so, gathering all the information you can beforehand in order to create an action plan is an important step in the process.

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Quick Tips for Fine-tuning Your Focus

Sarah Goodell on August 29, 2016

We all know what it feels like to struggle to focus at work, and this can be even more difficult when you have a cancer diagnosis and treatment side effects to deal with. A recent Daily Muse article shares some great tips to help sharpen your focus

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Managing Stress at Work

Maddy Meislin on August 18, 2016

If you’re feeling stressed at work, you’re not alone. In fact, the APA found that more than a third of American workers experience chronic work stress. When it comes to life stress, cancer can definitely be one of the most significant contributors. So it stands to reason that news of a diagnosis only exacerbates pressure and anxiety on the job.

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Financial Toxicity for Cancer Survivors Rising

Maddy Meislin on August 4, 2016

For many cancer survivors, diagnosis and treatment aren’t the only hardships. Financial implications of cancer can be devastating. According to a new poll, 26% of Americans say healthcare costs have caused serious financial problems for them or their family.

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Feeling Overwhelmed at Work? Here’s Help…

Chrissy Brennan on July 28, 2016

For anyone trying to manage cancer in addition to a job, the term “overwhelmed” doesn’t even come close. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness can help.

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It’s Time to Change the Way We Think About Cancer

Sarah Goodell on July 25, 2016

Cancer has become a chronic illness for many people today, something that is manageable and that they live with long-term. We hear this often in our work with cancer patients and survivors, and it further demonstrates the need for a shift in how we view cancer.

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Tips for Developing Your Time Management Skills

Rachel Becker, LMSW on July 14, 2016

"Time management"a life skill that gets developed and refined over time. For many cancer survivors, taking the time to refresh ones approach to time management can help mitigate the overwhelming feelings that often arise when balancing a job and/or job search, ongoing doctor appointments, and all of the other things that come with life.

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How to Be Happy on the Job

Chrissy Brennan on July 11, 2016

Being happy at work is important to most people, but it can be especially important to cancer patients and survivors who are working through treatment. Find out how changing the way you think about your job can improve your degree of job satisfaction.

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Regardless of industry, these are the skills you need to work on to get ahead

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on June 16, 2016

Looking for a job is not as simple as it once was. The number, and level, of college degrees seem to hold less weight, years of experience in jobs are not as important, and job requirements seem to be more nuanced. More and more employers are looking to see what "soft skills" job seekers are bringing to the table.

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Things to Consider Before Googling “Cancer” at Work

Rachel Becker, LMSW on May 12, 2016

It can be very useful to find instant answers to treatment-related questions via Google, but it’s important to remember that searching cancer-related topics while on the job can lead to unintended workplace disclosure.

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Mental Toughness at Work

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on May 2, 2016

Much like physical strength, mental strength is something everyone has to work at to some degree. Mental toughness in the workplace can be important for self-discipline, task management and an overall feeling of confidence.

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