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Cancer and Careers coming to Boston and Atlanta in April

Alice McKenney on April 1, 2010

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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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Sonia Kashuk: Diagnosis and the decision to work

Cancer and Careers Guest Blogger on March 29, 2010

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I clearly remember receiving the phone call in May 2006 from my doctor telling me that I had stage 1 breast cancer. I was home alone and once I heard the word cancer everything else seemed to go dead and muffled and I just kept hearing cancer reverberating in my mind. She began talking about different courses for treatment. I told her I had to call

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Is the Virtual Office the Future?

Alice McKenney on March 24, 2010

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Many people are aware that cancer patients can often benefit from a flexible work schedule, between scheduling appointments, treatments and necessary downtime. And now, there is finally a study that proves that a flexible work environment is needed to counterbalance stress in today's office environment - for everyone, not just cancer patients!

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Spring Forward With Special Discounts During Spa Week!

Devon Slauenwhite on March 23, 2010

posted in Fundraiser

Spa Week will be taking place April 12th-18th all over the country including Arizona, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Florida, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Long Island, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nashville, New York, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, San Francisco,

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Cancer Organization Spotlight: Spirit Jump

Alice McKenney on March 15, 2010

Spirit Jump is a non-profit cancer organization founded in 2007 that I discovered through Twitter. Thanks to their grassroots efforts, active supporters, and straightforward mission they have become quite popular and are filling a niche that truly touches all of those that it reaches.

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Practical Advice and Tools to Balance Cancer and Employment -Teleconference Recap

Alice McKenney on March 11, 2010

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Last week was the first session of our 2010 Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals led by Rebecca Nellis, Director of Programs at Cancer and Careers, and Laura Mosiello, Director of Women's Cancer at CancerCare. Titled "Practical Advice and Tools to Balance Cancer and Employment", it covered a wide variety of issues including how to share

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Tracey: Surprise party and cancer piñata

Cancer and Careers Guest Blogger on March 8, 2010

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There are so many things that I forget to write about, it would take me 10 pages to cram in all the wonderful things people did to make my life more bearable while going through treatment. My coworkers teamed up with family and friends to throw me a fantastic semi-surprise party. I thought I was just having people over for BBQ and drinks, but later

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Where the Wigs Are

Kate Sweeney on March 4, 2010

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If there's one thing I've learned while working at Cancer and Careers, it's to never underestimate the devastation of losing your hair during cancer treatment. Or underestimate the power of a great wig. So when a friend of Cancer and Careers' recently asked where her co-worker could find a wig for her mother who had cancer, we hunted down the best

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Flexible work conditions

Alice McKenney on March 1, 2010

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A recent study in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews has found that having flexible work conditions can lead employees to feel healthier in addition to feeling less crazed. Specifically, a blog on TIME.com states that more flexibility in work schedules is associated with improvements in alertness, sleep quality, tiredness, heart rate and

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Disclosing cancer to employer while in high ranking position -- yay or nay?

Alice McKenney on February 28, 2010

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Whether or not to disclose your cancer to your employer often depends on the situation. Prognosis, extent of treatment, and accommodations needed are just a few things to consider. However, do things change at all if you're in a high ranking position?

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American Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference

Rebecca Nellis on February 25, 2010

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From the beignets and café au lait at Café Du Monde to the sweet potato fries at K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, New Orleans was a welcoming host of this year's APOS conference.

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Tracey: Working Through It

Cancer and Careers Guest Blogger on February 22, 2010

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There are some drawbacks to working. It would be nice to hang out at a health spa for the duration of treatment, but that doesn’t happen. As a 26 year-old woman I had to work through my illness. I needed insurance and money for continued care. I had to work through guilt that I wasn’t doing enough work for my projects. Someone eventually told me to

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Program for Healthcare Pros

Rebecca Nellis on February 18, 2010

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For many patients the most accessible and trusted source of information is a healthcare provider, who is often unprepared to answer questions about working through treatment. Patients who are not offered information on managing work issues associated with their cancer are four times more likely to report that their work life has suffered because of

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O is for Organize

Alice McKenney on February 16, 2010

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"The ultimate goal is for you to have your life so organized that you can deal with cancer treatment almost on autopilot." Wouldn't that be great? Everyone's cancer experience is different, to be sure, but there are some key parts of your life that if you organize them right, it will make your life a lot simpler. And fitting your job into all of it

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CEW's Young Executives and Kenneth Cole come together to support CAC

Devon Slauenwhite on February 11, 2010

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On Tuesday night, a fabulous group of young beauty industry executives got together at Kenneth Cole's boutique in Grand Central Station (right around the corner from CAC's office!) to network, shop and support a great cause -- 20% of the evening's proceeds will be donated to Cancer and Careers.

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Tracey: Workplace as Support Place

Cancer and Careers Guest Blogger on February 8, 2010

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I had cancer field trips where I took people from work with me to chemo and radiation treatments. They’ve seen me be aligned for radiation and watched me be connected through my portacath to a chemo infusion. I spared no details and told them what everything felt like.

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Tracey: Sharing the News

Cancer and Careers Guest Blogger on February 1, 2010

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For me, it was easy to be open about my cancer diagnosis with co-workers. The news spread like a brush fire around the office until my boss caught wind of it. Greg, my functional leader, was great. He set up a meeting with HR so that I knew what to do when it was time to go on medical leave for surgery. I was told not to worry about my job, and

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Tracey: Back to Work

Cancer and Careers Guest Blogger on January 28, 2010

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“Are you back to work yet?” is probably my third most asked question about cancer. The first being, “How are you feeling” and second, “What kind?” The answer to the first one is that I feel okay…Sometimes I am a little tired but that’s normal under the circumstances. The second is Angiosarcoma, which is a very rare vascular cancer that effects

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Thanks, Planet Cancer!

Kate Sweeney on January 13, 2010

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According to Planet Cancer, CAC is " A great resource for working women with cancer, their employers, co-workers and caregivers.

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Meet Kristen

Rebecca Nellis on January 7, 2010

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Wife. Mother. Beauty Industry Professional. Breast Cancer Survivor. Hear in her own words how Cancer and Careers helped her balance life, work and treatment.

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