Below are descriptions of the sessions that were offered at the 2016 National Conference on Work & Cancer, on Friday, June 17.
The Doctor’s Perspective (9:15 AM)
What is the role of your physician and extended healthcare team in your ability to work? How do you manage treatment side effects while on the job? What are some work-friendly treatment options? These and many other questions will be answered in this informative session.
Disclosure, Privacy & Online Brand (10:00 AM)
Do you have to disclose your diagnosis? Are there laws that protect you in the workplace? We will address these topics and more, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and practical ways to protect your privacy and manage your “online brand.”
Managing Long-Term Stress (11:15 AM)
For most people, workplace stress is a given. Add cancer to the mix, and it can become debilitating. This session will help you clarify your priorities and develop useful strategies for balancing your job, family and personal well-being.
Managing Finances (1:15 PM)
Cancer is expensive. This presentation will cover tips for improving your financial health after a cancer diagnosis and treatment, including steps to take to rebuild your credit, dealing with medical bills, understanding how disability insurance works and options for financial assistance.
Body Confidence, Self-Confidence in the Workplace (1:15 PM)
We all know that cancer takes a physical toll on the body, so it’s important to recognize the potential impact those changes can have on a person’s self-confidence and how that can play out in the work environment. This session will address those issues and offer useful ways to maintain or even increase self-confidence while on the job or when returning to work.
Career Change (1:15 PM)
Has your cancer experience caused you to dream about a completely new career path? Learn about the process for changing careers, including self-assessment, identifying obstacles and opportunities, creating an action plan, and more.
Work & Cancer: Strategies for Eating Well on the Job (2:30 PM)
Maintaining a balanced diet, complete with the necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, is vitally important for someone with cancer. But for those who work, it can sometimes be hard to do — especially if your job site doesn’t lend itself to healthful options or you’re on the road a lot. This session will cover meal planning and preparation, navigating the menu at a staff lunch or business dinner, and tips for managing weight.
Health Insurance Options & Navigation (2:30 PM)
Health insurance is an important piece of the employment conversation. This session will provide information on existing options and the changes in healthcare resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). You’ll learn about new health insurance options, consumer protections, and tips on choosing a health insurance plan. Plus: Find out where states are in terms of implementing provisions of the ACA, so you can weigh in with decision-makers in your state.
Job Search (2:30 PM)
Looking for a new position during or after cancer treatment can seem daunting, but it can be done. Get tips on creating a compelling resume, networking, interviewing effectively (including how to deal with those resume-gap questions) and more.
Working Through Treatment (3:45 PM)
There are many things to consider when working through treatment — from sharing the news of your diagnosis at work and dealing with treatment side effects, to creating a viable schedule. This session will arm you with an understanding of how the ADA’s reasonable accommodations option works as well practical tips to help ease being on the job through treatment.
Occupational Therapy/Vocational Rehab: Improving Your Work Ability (3:45 PM)
Occupational therapy and vocational rehabilitation services can support the transition of returning to work during/after cancer treatment and enhance the performance of daily job-related tasks. This session will cover OT strategies for improving physical and cognitive functioning and conserving energy, as well as vocational rehab services to help increase work tolerance and satisfaction — particularly for those who are changing jobs.