Below are session descriptions from the 2021 National Conference on Work & Cancer.
Staying Healthy at Home & Work: The Doctor’s Perspective (9:00 AM ET)
What is the role of your physician and extended healthcare team in your ability to work? How do you manage treatment side effects while working? What are some work-friendly treatment options? These and many other questions will be answered in this informative session exploring the perspectives of medical oncologists on issues related to work and cancer.
Engaging HR: A Conversation with Kim Seymour (10:00 AM ET)
Approaching HR after a cancer diagnosis can seem stressful and overwhelming. Hear the perspective directly from an HR professional on potential ways to make these discussions run smoother, and work to get the right employer support. Take a more intimate look at the role of HR and ways to engage with HR departments when navigating employment challenges during/after treatment.
Balancing Work & Cancer (11:10 AM ET)
There are many things to consider when working during — or after — treatment, from decisions around disclosure and maintaining privacy to dealing with treatment side effects. This session will arm you with an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including how you might use its reasonable accommodations option as a tool to help you on the job. We will also discuss practical tips and communication strategies, including a technique called “The Swivel.”
Cancer, Work & Nutrition: Developing Healthy Habits (1:30 PM ET)
Cancer patients and survivors have specific nutritional needs and can benefit from guidance on how to access food and plan for affordable, nutritious meals during and after treatment. This session will outline the basic nutritional needs of cancer patients, and offer practical strategies for thinking about meals and maintaining a balanced diet during the work day and beyond.
Reimagining Your Boundaries (2:45 PM ET)
Everyone has limits. If you are juggling work after a cancer diagnosis, it's important to take the time to identify what yours are and to find productive ways to address them on the job. This session will help you understand what boundaries are (and aren't) and empower you with techniques to effectively set them within your specific role and workplace.