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Below are descriptions of the sessions that were offered as part of our 2014 National Conference on Work & Cancer, which was held on Friday, June 13.  

The Doctor's Perspective (9:15 am)

What is the role of your healthcare team in your ability to work? How do you manage treatment side effects while working? What are some work-friendly treatment options? We will answer all of these questions and more in this session.     

Work & Cancer: Practical and Legal Issues (10:00 am)

This session will cover what you need to know about deciding whether to work, making decisions about disclosure, thinking through your online reputation, and working during and after treatment. We will discuss relevant laws—such as the Americans with Disabilities Act—that may protect you, as well as practical tips for dealing with work and cancer.

Building Self-Confidence (1:15 pm)

After a cancer diagnosis many people feel that their confidence deserts them when it comes to their work or job search. In this session you'll learn tools to build unshakeable self-confidence and how to use it to move ahead in your life and work.

Navigating Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act (1:15 pm)

Health insurance is an important piece of the employment conversation. This session will provide attendees with information about existing health insurance options as well as the changes in healthcare brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including new consumer protections and health insurance options, and how these changes might affect cancer patients. We will also discuss where states are with regard to implementing various provisions of the ACA and potential areas where advocates can weigh in with decision-makers in their states.

Job Search (1:15 pm)

Looking for a new position during or after cancer treatment can seem daunting, but it's more than possible. Get tips on creating an effective resume, interviewing effectively (and dealing with those resume gap questions), and more.

Managing Your Finances (2:30 pm)

Cancer is expensive. This presentation will cover tips to improve your financial health after a cancer diagnosis and treatment, including: steps to take to rebuild your credit, how to deal with medical bills, options for financial assistance, and things to think about before considering filing for bankruptcy.

Career Change (2:30 pm)

Has your cancer experience caused you to dream about a completely new career? Learn about the process for changing careers, including assessing yourself, identifying obstacles and opportunities, creating an action plan, and more.

Taking Time Off (2:30 pm)

Taking time away from work during or after treatment can come with many unexpected – and often confusing – decisions to make. This session will arm you with important information on the Family and Medical Leave Act, short- and long-term disability insurance options, and how patients and healthcare professionals can work together to correctly complete medical certification forms.

Stress: How to Manage It During and Post Treatment (3:45 pm)

For most people, workplace stress is a given. Add cancer to the mix, and it can become debilitating. In this interactive workshop we will help you think about your priorities and how you can balance your job, family and own well-being to avoid letting stress get the best of you. Discussion will include how to:
- Preserve what is most important to you during and after your treatment
- Identify tools to help you maintain your best performance at work
- Stay in control of your work and your life
- Set reasonable boundaries at work and express them professionally

Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehab: Improving Your Work Ability (3:45 pm)

Vocational rehabilitation and occupational therapy services can be beneficial in supporting the transition of returning to work during/after cancer treatment, as well as improving the performance of daily work tasks. This session will address an overview of vocational rehab services regarding return to work and possible career change, as well as resources available to meet these goals. This session will also cover occupational therapy strategies to improve physical and cognitive functioning as well as strategies for energy conservation. Join us to learn what you can do to improve your work tolerance and job satisfaction with the ultimate goal of optimizing performance.

Note: Sessions are subject to change.