December 31, 2015

When Cancer Comes to Work

When Cancer Comes to Work

Cancer enters the workplace every day.  Annually approximately 1.66 million people will hear the words, “You have cancer” and 44% of these individuals will be of working age.  In addition, 80% of cancer survivors return to work. These statistics illustrate that cancer in the workplace is a critical business issue.

A myriad of complex issues – legal, financial, insurance and communications – arise when an employee faces a cancer diagnosis either personally or as the caregiver for a loved one.  Employers need answers. Cancer Pathways has been helping companies address these issues for over 10 years.

"Thank you for organizing; it was a very informative session. I like the fact that you included the legal aspect from the employee and employer points of view, and the emotional component.”

These words reflect the positive response to Cancer Pathways’ launch of our corporate program, When Cancer Comes to Work.   The half-day seminar addressed the myriad of issues that arise when an employee faces a cancer diagnosis.  Legal issues were explored from the perspective of both the employer and the employee by two local attorneys.  Attendees traveled a cancer patient’s emotional journey through the information and insights from a clinical social worker.  The recently gained information became more applicable as a former cancer caregiver shared her experiences at work – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Cancer Pathways is here to help you and your employee navigate the challenges presented by cancer.  In addition to the seminar we offer the following programs and services:

  • One on one consultation with the employer or the employee or both to help promote understanding and resolve issues
  • Training on effective communications
  • Facilitation of legal mediation
  • Application of the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Parameters of reasonable accommodations
  • Presentations for employees
    • Nutrition
    • Wellness
    • Smoking cessation
    • Caregiving for cancer patients
    • Emotional effects of living with cancer
    • How can I help?

We’re here to help.  When cancer arrives at your workplace, contact Anna Gottlieb at or 1-866-200-2383.  With the right information and tools you will be comfortable and confident as you successfully navigate the complex issues.   The more you know the more appropriate and effective your response will be as an employer and as a colleague.  The return is huge - when a company invests in its employees’ well-being, it experiences improved outcomes, greater employee engagement, an enhanced workplace culture and measurable ROI.


Save the Date!

When Cancer Comes to Work
Thursday, November 9th
Washington Athletic Club (MAP)

Contact Susan Garber-Yonts ( for more information.