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We're heading into our National Conference this weekend and we couldn't be more excited about the lineup of speakers and presenters we're hosting. Eva LaManna, Esq., a Project Manager at Cancer and Careers, is tackling one of the issues many in our community are up against: working during and after cancer. Find out what she's got up her sleeve, from Ms. LaManna herself:

A cancer diagnosis can cause a great deal of fear and uncertainty. Issues arise that many people never anticipated having to deal with, from family and household to financial and legal. One of the biggest areas impacted is the work life of a survivor.

Working through and after treatment is extremely important for many patients and survivors.  Cancer and Careers (CAC) recently conducted a

[caption id="attachment_837" align="alignright" width="135"]Eva LaManna, Esq., Program Manager at Cancer and Careers, will present on working after a cancer diagnosis. Eva LaManna, Esq., of Cancer and Careers, will present on working after a cancer diagnosis.[/caption]

survey with Harris Interactive and found that for nearly 80 percent of cancer patients and survivors, continuing work after diagnosis aids recovery. This group was motivated by a variety of factors, including feeling well, wanting to maintain a routine and wanting to be productive.

While many patients and survivors want to continue working through cancer, navigating this decision can be difficult. Cancer and Careers, the only organization in the U.S. dedicated solely to supporting people who work during and after cancer treatment, aims to ease the process by providing an array of services and credible referrals to help anyone trying to balance employment and a cancer diagnosis.

That’s why we’re so excited to be presenting at this weekend’s Colon Cancer Alliance’s National ConferenceOur “Returning to Work” session will offer expert tips and tricks for the job search process, including tools for networking and dealing with those dreaded resume gap questions.  We’ll also have helpful materials on hand and information about our new and free Resume Review service for survivors. Have these questions? We’ll answer them.

  •  How do I decide if I’m really ready to return to work?
  • How do I explain the gap on my resume?
  •  What are the elements of an effective cover letter?
  • What should I do if I’m asked about my health in an interview?
  • Are there ways to effectively manage ‘chemo brain’ and other side effects in the workplace?
  • Will I always be seen as the “cancer person” by my old colleagues?

As a national organization, we’re excited about the opportunity to connect with the Colon Cancer Alliance audience at this live conference. Getting to attend such events around the country is always an incredible chance to hear how different patients and survivors are meeting their own unique challenges and helps us continue to make relevant contributions to the conversation. 

For more information about CAC’s resources, please visit us at www.cancerandcareers.org, and we hope to see you this weekend! Can’t make it to Miami? Check out our slideshow.


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