Balancing work with cancer: Cancer and careers to hold national conference

Those who have been touched by cancer know that treatment and recovery are no easy feat, and sometimes even more challenging is to balance the fight against cancer with the daily tasks of life, including family obligations, academic commitments and job responsibilities. Fortunately, numerous organizations aim to provide these individuals with the necessary advice and assistance to comfortably maintain this crucial balance.

On Friday, June 22, 2012 in New York City, Cancer and Careers will hold its second annual national conference on Work & Cancer. This free conference focuses on the obstacles individuals with cancer face in their working lives, including the necessity to balance cancer treatment and recovery with various aspects of employment, including the initial job hunt, health insurance, legal issues, working during treatment, job re-entry, etc. The agenda of the event will be based on lecturers and workshops guided by an impressive cohort of speakers, ranging from professions in intelligence, journalism, psychotherapy, jurisdiction and beauty merchandising. Throughout the conference, attendees will attend sessions including: Medical Issues, Legal Issues & Health Insurance, Working during Treatment, Job Re-entry, Job Search/Career Change, Special Session for Young Adults, and The Employer’s Perspective.

The high level of success of the first national conference in 2011 inspired Cancer and Careers to continue with the new tradition of uniting people living with cancer with experienced individuals in various careers to discuss the process of balancing cancer with life. This conference emphasizes the need for a positive outlook on a less than ideal situation, constant determination to fight the disease and to succeed at work, and to never feel alone during the difficult time, especially when there are numerous individuals confronting a similar challenge. This event could not have been made possible without support from its sponsors: Eisai, Genetech, Novartis Oncology, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philosophy, and Tweezerman: The Beauty Tool Experts.

by Shaina Azam

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