Be the Boss Over Cancer

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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For anyone wanting to keep abreast of how the new and upcoming health reforms will effect people with cancer, consider the National Health Reform Law and Policy Project (http://www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/departments/healthpolicy/healthReform/Cancer/) your goto source.

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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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Yesterday, the first question the Employment and Insurance panel was asked at the OMG! Cancer Summit was "Can you address some of the pertinent issues surrounding the job search process for the young adult cancer population?" Laura Mosiello (from CancerCare), Joanna Morales (from the Cancer Legal Resource Center) and I all had plenty of thoughts on

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In between cancer conference travel, we’ve also managed to hit the NYC and Chicago SELF Magazine Workout in the Park events. It’s always such a great day – flocks of women of all shapes, ages and sizes coming together for a day of fun workouts and a little pampering!

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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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We get asked nearly every day about how to manage a job search during or after cancer treatment. We have created a battery of resources to help you think through everything from resume building to interviewing and tracking your contacts.

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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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Telecommuting can be a great accommodation for employees with cancer, allowing you to avoid a lengthy commute, take a quick rest when needed. But setting up a successful telecommuting arrangement involves more than just a laptop.

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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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We first got to know Imerman Angels when we met its charming and energetic founder Jonny (Imerman) at a conference a couple years ago. Since then we've been amazed to discover that Jonny is literally everywhere we go and takes his role as the Chief Mission Officer to the limit. Including the fact that we have never seen him don a shirt that didn't

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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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Cancer and Careers made its first trip to Atlanta last week to present a panel discussion on the practical, medical and legal aspects of working during and after cancer treatment. Our experts included:

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The most challenging thing about having cancer is having cancer…That you are in the “club” that you don’t necessarily want to be in. Just the word “cancer” always freaked me out because it always had such a dark cloud around it. I think that cancer today allows people to live long lives and survive, as opposed to cancer years ago.

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