Be the Boss Over Cancer

Yoga is a great way to relax and regain focus. Studies have even shown it helps cancer patients sleep better and reduces fatigue. But between work and doctor's visits, it can be a struggle to find time to even leave your desk.

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On Wednesday, August 18th, the Cancer and Careers team traveled to Seattle, Washington for our Balancing Cancer and Careers Seminar at the Westin Hotel. This event was a huge success thanks to our collaborating partner, Genentech.

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CancerCare is a national nonprofit that provides free professional support services for anyone affected by cancer. Their programs include publications, financial support, online, face-to-face and telephone counseling, local events and Telephone Education Workshops.

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Young Adults with cancer face unique challenges throughout their cancer experience, especially in the realm of psychosocial needs. As others in their age group embrace social activities and the work world with full force, those diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 21-40 find themselves putting their lives on hold to focus on their cancer.

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Last week CAC's Executive Director Kate Sweeney did a whirlwind satellite media tour all from a chair in a studio on West 42nd Street in NYC!

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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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This past Wednesday, July 21st, members of the Cancer and Careers team traveled to St. Louis for our Balancing Cancer and Careers Seminar at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel. This event was a collaboration among Cancer and Careers, Genentech, the Wellness Community of Greater St. Louis, the Cancer Support Community and the Young Survival Coalition.

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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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Hi Everyone! It’s my first week as part of the Cancer and Careers team. I’m happy to report I am the 5th staff member to come aboard and I am assuming the role of Program Director and Senior Clinical Supervisor.

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Thanks Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has tirelessly advocated to get legislation passed that would direct health insurance companies to cover oral chemotherapy drugs at a cost equal to what is charged for intravenous (IV) therapies.

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Periodically we like to spotlight organizations we think are doing innovative and important work, today we'd like to introduce First Descents.

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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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Recently, we received this email which so eloquently pointed out an aspect of cancer in the workplace that is rarely addressed: "My boss is the one with cancer. Not only are we watching our friend and boss die before our eyes, but we are slowly losing our champion, protector, advocate, go-to person, and mentor.

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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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