Resources for Clinicians and Patients
For clinicians who manage patients with metastatic disease, the following resources are available.
The American Cancer Society has several online documents that can advise patients who continue to work as they receive treatment for their disease, including a focus on legal rights and discrimination.
- Working During Cancer Treatment: Will I Be Able to Work While I’m Getting Treatment?
- Returning to Work After Cancer Treatment
Cancer.Net, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s patient information website, features several information pages for people with cancer who work.
- Returning to School or Work After Cancer
- Cancer and Workplace Discrimination
- Finding a Job After Cancer
Cancer + Careers provides tools, publications, and interactive programs for clinicians they can use to help their patients, including “A Checklist for Healthcare Professionals.”
The website provides patients with detailed information on how to navigate working with cancer
The website, “Survivorship A to Z: Information for Living with Cancer,” founded by David S. Landay, Esq., provides financial, legal, and practical advice to those living with cancer, with a focus on the workplace.
Managing Cancer at Work™, a program of Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a free benefit program available through employers that includes how best to support employees diagnosed with cancer.
- Study finds that more than one-third of patients with metastatic cancer continue to work [news release]. Cancer; December 21, 2015; http://dmmsclick.wiley.com/view.asp?m=qg224vr7okixrupuk0d4&u=26466164&f=h. Accessed January 27, 2016.
- Tevaarwerk AJ, Lee JW, Terhaar A, et al. Working after a metastatic cancer diagnosis: factors affecting employment in the metastatic setting from ECOG-ACRIN’s Symptom Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study. Cancer. 2016;122(3):438-446.
- Veenstra CM, Regenbogen SE, Hawley ST, et al. Association of paid sick leave with job retention and financial burden among working patients with colorectal cancer. JAMA. 2015;314(24):2688-2690.
- Cleeland CS, Mayer M, Dreyer NA, et al. Impact of symptom burden on work-related abilities in patients with locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer: results from a substudy of the VIRGO observational cohort study. Breast. 2014;23(6)763-769.
- Zheng Z, Yabroff R, Guy GP Jr, et al. Annual medical expenditure and productivity loss among colorectal, female breast, and prostate cancer survivors in the United States. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2016;108(5). doi:10.1093/jnci/djv382.
- Cancer and Careers. Majority of cancer patients want to stay on the job, despite workplace challenges. Available at: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/majority-of-cancer-patients-want-to-stay-on-the-job-despite-workplace-challenges-300144881.html. Accessed January 22, 2016.