Online Program

Integrating employment-related assessments into cancer patient navigation

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monica Bryant, Esq., Triage Cancer, Culver City, CA
Rebecca Nellis, MPP, Cancer and Careers, New York, NY
Joanna Morales, Esq., Navigating Cancer Survivorship, Culver CIty, CA
This symposium will provide oncology healthcare professionals with information and tools to help navigate their patients through the employment-related issues that arise when someone is diagnosed with cancer. These issues include the legal protections and practical strategies for working though treatment and/or taking time off work for treatment and recovery, deciding whether or not to disclose their diagnosis, returning to the workplace, managing side effects on-the-job, and maintaining income. Attendees will be given information about the state and federal laws that may apply to patients and caregivers in the workplace, including protections against discrimination, access to reasonable accommodations, and disability insurance options. Attendees will also learn about the different needs of individuals who are newly diagnosed, those who work through treatment, those who take time off, and those who are returning to the same job or looking for a new one. A recent survey found that 40% of cancer survivors who were asked about the practical concerns they faced, specifically mentioned employment issues, and 23% of those individuals did not receive any assistance related to those issues. Therefore, it is critical for oncology healthcare professionals to receive education in this area, because they are uniquely positioned to help patients navigate balancing cancer and work, provided they receive appropriate training and resources. Attendees will be able to identify the unique employment issues faced by those coping with cancer, the legal rights and benefits to which patients and caregivers may be entitled, and practical tips for navigating those issues.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
List federal and state laws that protect people coping with cancer in the workplace Identify strategies that their patients may use to work though treatment and/or take time off work for treatment and recovery. Describe patient’s options for disclosing their diagnosis, managing side effects on-the-job, and creating a workable schedule.

Keyword(s): Health Care Access, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Rebecca V. Nellis is the Vice President of Programs and Strategy for Cancer and Careers, where she has launched numerous programs, oversees long-term strategy for growth and speaks regularly at national conferences, community events and to press on the practical issues of balancing cancer and employment. Rebecca earned a Masters of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University. She wrote a thesis entitled “Implications of Cancer Survivorship on Financial Assets, Work Productivity and Employment Circumstances.”
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.