Be the Boss Over Cancer

Please note: Additional topics being added. Sessions and speakers subject to change. Final Conference agenda will be available in April.

The Healthcare Professional's Perspective 

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 

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.

Health Insurance Options

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

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

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

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

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.

Note: Sessions are subject to change.