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Cancer and Careers: Education Series for Healthcare Professionals

Cancer and Careers is an organization dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Through their comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer and their healthcare providers and coworkers, Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer.  Basically, they’re a fantastic resource for cancer patients who also have a J-O-B.

Well, they’re at it again providing another great resource, this time for healthcare providers, to learn how to address the questions and concerns patients have with regard to working through cancer treatment. On October 20th and again on November 17th, Cancer and Careers will be hosting a free webinar as part of their Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals. The webinars aim to educate providers on the many ways to counsel patients concerned about the complications of working while undergoing cancer treatment.

Re-entering the workforce after illness-related absences is the topic of the October 20th webinar. The speakers for this program will be Laura Mosiello LCSW-R, Oncology Social Worker and Consultant, and Julie Jansen, Executive and Career Coach and Author, discussing how to make the transition from treatment to trade. On November 17th, Cancer and Careers will tackle legal and insurance issues to consider after diagnosis. Joanna L. Morales, Esq., Director, Cancer Legal Resource Center, will be the speaker for this program making sure you understand the protections provided to cancer patients.

Cancer treatment is expensive and unfortunately for many patients, they don’t have the option to take a paid sabbatical from their jobs.  Someone’s got to pay the bills, and it’s usually the patient so sign-up and learn the right things to say to a patient facing a cancer diagnosis AND a mortgage payment (or student loans, rent, car payment, or any financial responsibility that can’t be sidelined by cancer). Ultimately, giving a patient sound advice and a platform to work from is part of creating a successful treatment plan.  They’ll have concerns; you’ll have some solid advice to offer and a direction to point them in.

To take part in one or both of these informative and free webinars, visit www.cancerandcareers.org. All the information you need is there, including the details on each webinar and how to register.  We hope you can join!

 

Are you a cancer survivor? Help oncofertility researchers study and prevent treatment-induced fertility loss by joining the FIRST online fertility registry for cancer survivors!

Oncofertility Webinar

Jacqueline S. Jeruss, MD, Ph.D, a breast surgical oncologist and one of the founding oncology members in the Oncofertility Consortium™, and Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff (Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of The Oncofertility Consortium™) have co-authored a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Preservation of Fertility in Patients with Cancer.” (NEJM 2009; 360:902-911).

The Oncofertility Consortium™ is a nationwide, interdisciplinary and interprofessional group led by Northwestern University researchers, dedicated to the advancement of technologies that will provide improved fertility preserving options to cancer patients whose lifesaving treatments can threaten their fertility. Its goal is to address the scientific, clinical and psychosocial challenges that must be solved to expand the menu of options available and to raise consciousness among scientists, physicians and families about this critical quality of life issue.

Cancer treatments are increasingly successful in improving long term survival. However, these same life saving treatments can impact fertility: fertility preservation has become an important quality of life issue for cancer survivors. Fertility preservation interventions are very effective but must be utilized before cancer treatment can begin. Oncologists, and those who care for young cancer patients, must have the information and resources available to discuss these options with their patients.

This New England Journal of Medicine paper provides a review of the effects of cancer treatment on fertility, the current and future methods of fertility preservation, algorithms for their use in clinical practice and the importance of fertility preservation for in clinical decision-making. Breast cancer treatment is used as template for integration of care. The Oncofertility Consortium is a nationwide network of fertility preservation provider

In a webinar , scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 2PM CST, Dr. Jeruss and Dr. Woodruff will discuss the implications of the concepts presented in this paper and the new discipline of oncofertility with moderator Marla Paul.

The Webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 2 PM CST and will be available at http://oncofertility.northwestern.edu/events/webinars.

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