Cancer in the Workplace: Supporting Employee Treatment

Dr. Kimberly Jinnett

The big “C” – cancer — can cause panic and feelings of helplessness. These feelings, however, often are shared beyond the patients being screened or treated for the disease. Employers often are unsure of how to help their employees who have been diagnosed with cancer and desire to remain at work during treatment or return to work after care. Yet we know from existing research that having access to proper screening and high quality treatment can have positive effects on these employees’ work outcomes. Since chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes and obesity) and unhealthy lifestyles that contribute to cancer rates are on the rise while innovative cancer treatments are available employers would be wise to consider lessons learned on the topic of cancer in the workplace.  This webinar included an introduction to CWHP’s research on cancer and work outcomes including a discussion of innovative oncology treatments as well as practical insights from an employer and provider working together on behalf of employees with cancer.


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