What is Cancer and Careers?

Monday, October 15, 2012
By, Rebecca Nellis
Cancer and Careers is the only program of its kind, dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer and their healthcare providers and coworkers, Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer.



  • Cancerandcareers.org and Espanol.cancerandcareers.org:  An interactive resource filled with articles, downloadable tools, charts and checklists covering everything from telling your boss, to scheduling treatments, and knowing your legal rights. Currently serving over 160,000 visitors each year (in English and in Spanish), the website now features expanded content for lower income workers, including where to get pro-bono legal advice, financial assistance, and what to do if you do not have insurance.
  • Cancer and Careers’ Library of Publications, including the newly updated Living and Working With Cancer Workbook; the Most Important Resources for Working People with Cancer; the Survival Guide to Working With Cancer as a Chronic Illness; and the On The Go Guides, which feature indispensable advice on nutrition, fitness, and beauty. All publications are available in English and Spanish.
  • Nationally-held Cancer and Careers Community Seminars, addressing the unique challenges of cancer in the workplace. The series offers employees with cancer guidance on some of the biggest issues faced when trying to balance both treatment and work. In 2011, Seminars will be held in Houston, San Diego, Nashville, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Washington, DC.
  • Cancer and Careers’ Online Career Coaching Center, offering survivors free access to professional coaches who address individual questions on how to manage their careers during and after treatment, as well as articles on universal professional development issues that affect employees with cancer.
  • Cancer and Careers Online Diary, an interactive tool for people to share their personal experiences of working through cancer.



  • Cancer and Careers Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals, which provides oncology nurses, social workers, patient navigators and other support providers with concise, targeted information on combining work and cancer treatment so that they can in turn effectively inform their patients. This annual, accredited program includes a multi-part seminar series, accessible via webinars or teleconferences, and archived on the CAC website for replay anytime.
  • A dedicated Website Area for Healthcare Professionals on advising patients combining work and treatment, which includes articles, access to archived presentations and a downloadable community seminar kit so they can hold educational events of their own.



This underserved community of 18-40 year olds has its own set of unique challenges to tackle, including the issues of working through treatment early in a career.

  • Enhanced Cancer and Careers Job Search Tools, including an Interview Cheat Sheet, Networking Tracker, Case Studies, and Sample Resumes.
  • Presentations at Conferences for this unique audience, including the OMG!
  • Cancer Summit for Young Adults. At these events CAC provides vital information on the issues of working through treatment for young professionals with cancer.


NEW FOR 2011

  • On June 17th, 2011, Cancer and Careers will present the first-ever National Conference on Work and Cancer in NYC. Addressing the complexities people face as they try to balance their cancer treatment and recovery with employment, the conference will feature experts discussing topics including legal issues, health insurance and career counseling.  The event is intended for patients, survivors, healthcare professionals and caregivers.
  • Ask The Experts: Legal and Career Advice is a series of eight, hour-long teleconferences intended for people with cancer dealing with issues across the work continuum, and will offer unprecedented access to expert guidance and referrals.



Rebecca Nellis,

Cancer and Careers, Director of Programs

  • Khaled

    – there are many other options aviblaale in the US.The real question is BETTER than chemo or radiation really better? I’m a Cancer survivor who owes his life to chemo and radiation therapy. It worked for me. Cancer Treatment Centers of America bases it’s advertising on providing the most and best therapy’s aviblaale for Cancer. I may be biased, being an American- but even so, the research I’ve done rates America’s treatments, drugs, and general procedures a healthy cut above the rest of the world. I guess my best advice based on my opinion- would be to go with the usual course of treatment prescribed , unless the prognosis or results were terminal.

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