Spotlight On: Cancer and Careers
By Guest Blogger Sarah Goodell, Manager of Programs, Cancer and Careers
One of the things that we hear all too frequently at Cancer and Careers is “I wish I’d known that your organization existed sooner”, and we are working to change this every day. 1.66 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. As of 2014, there are more than 14.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. As the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. continues to grow, there is an increasing need for resources and support to help them get back to everyday life and work after diagnosis and treatment. Cancer and Careers was born 15 years ago to address this need. Our mission is to empower and educate people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.
We do this in a number of ways, including:
- A comprehensive website in English and Spanish
- Publications in English and Spanish
- Job Search Tools and Resume Review Service
- Professional Development Micro-Grants
- Accredited Programs for Healthcare Professionals
- Community Events
- National and Regional Conferences
- Balancing Work & Cancer Webinars
All of our resources are free for cancer patients, survivors, healthcare professionals, caregivers and anyone else touched by cancer. Our website is truly the hub of all of our information. On our site you can write in to our career coaches with any questions you have about navigating work after cancer, submit your resume for a free review, read about other people’s work and cancer journeys in our collective diary, peruse our news feed to stay up-to-date on the issues surrounding work and cancer, and find a whole host of resources dedicated to this topic.
Every survivor’s work and cancer journey is different, just as every diagnosis and treatment plan is different. We have information to help survivors get organized, create an action plan, manage treatment side effects at work, make decisions about disclosure in the workplace, understand their legal rights in the workplace, get back to work after taking time off, and job search. Our resources are here for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, at any point in their experience. Whether you were diagnosed 10 years ago or yesterday, we’re here to help you figure out your best plan. The website also has information for managers and coworkers, to help them better understand the challenges that an employee with cancer faces in the workplace and how they can best support their colleague with cancer.
Cancer and Careers is headquartered in NYC, but our initiatives and reach are national. Our programs for survivors and healthcare professionals provide the vital support, tools, and information they need to navigate the practical and legal challenges that follow a diagnosis. Online, in print and in person, Cancer and Careers helps more than 325,000 individuals each year, across all 50 states.
For more information and to access the resources listed above, visit: http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en
About the Guest Bloggers
Sarah Goodell is a Manager of Programs at Cancer and Careers. In her role she manages a range of programs and events, including the Underserved Regions Initiative and the Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer, as well as coordinating PR efforts and social media. She also manages the newsletter, online career coaching and research projects and is frequently on the road for various CAC programs and events.