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Cancer Organization Spotlight: Imerman Angels

Rebecca Nellis on April 26, 2010

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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Beauty of Caring Event in Boston

Alice McKenney on April 22, 2010

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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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Balancing Cancer and Careers Seminar in Atlanta, GA

Rebecca Nellis on April 20, 2010

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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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Sonia Kashuk: Family, the cancer 'club', and working through treatment

Cancer and Careers Guest Blogger on April 15, 2010

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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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Re-entering the Workforce After Short and Long Absences - Teleconference Recap

Alice McKenney on April 12, 2010

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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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This week is National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

Rebecca Nellis on April 8, 2010

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There are approximately 70,000 people aged 15-39 diagnosed with cancer every year. As part of the Livestrong Young Adult Alliance and as a session host and presenter at this year's OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults (May 23 in NYC), Cancer and Careers is working hard to address the practical employment related issues that YAs with cancer are

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Workout to Support Cancer and Careers!

Devon Slauenwhite on April 5, 2010

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SELF Magazine's Annual Workout In The Park Cancer and Careers is thrilled to be a beneficiary of these incredible events for the 4th year in a row. If you're in any of the below cities, grab a friend and come workout for a great cause, and stop by CAC's booth to say hi! Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

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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

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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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