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Abha Bhattarai - May 2019
Chief Executive of Marriott International, Arne Sorenson, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Despite this diagnosis, he has decided to continue working in his role while undergoing treatment. The decision to work during treatment has become more and more common, with over half of the country's 15.5 million cancer survivors being of "working age".
In explaining some of the context for this change, Cancer and Careers Executive Director, Rebecca Nellis, states"as treatments have improved and detection has changed, factoring in work to cancer treatment plans is increasingly common. The reasons for wanting to work...vary from needing insurance and a paycheck, to wanting to feel normal or contribute to society."
With an increasing number of famous figures announcing their cancer diagnosis along with the decision to continue working, this circumstance has been brought into national conversation.
For more on the factors going into Sorenson's decision, click here.
Original source: www.washingtonpost.com