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First-Ever 'Cancer and Careers' Seminar Debuts in Orange County

- Cancer Resource Group Teams Up with YWCA & Roche to Educate Patients on How to Manage the Daunting Challenge of Balancing Cancer and a Career -

NEW YORK, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer and Careers, a non-profit program founded by Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation, and Roche are launching a seminar which offers guidance for the hundreds of thousands of people living with cancer on how to return to work after a cancer diagnosis. The "Balancing Cancer and Careers" seminar -- hosted by YWCA of North Orange County -- will take place from 5-7 p.m. on March 11, 2008 at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif.

"Work doesn't stop once you've been diagnosed with cancer. Many women have to -- and want to -- work during and after treatment," said Carlotta Jacobson, president of Cosmetic Executive Women and founder of Cancer and Careers. "In California, alone, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 156,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year. For those women who return to work, Cancer and Careers offers information and tools to help them manage their battle with cancer as effectively as they manage the rest of their lives."

The seminar is designed to ease the back-to-work transition for people with cancer by addressing the unique challenges of cancer in the workplace, and focusing on the issues faced when trying to balance both treatment and work. Cancer and Careers offers useful advice on how to create an action plan; how to address your diagnosis with employers and coworkers; how to inquire about effective treatments that may allow more flexibility and what you need to know about your legal rights in the workplace.

"The role of your oncologist goes beyond simply diagnosing and treating, and also includes helping to identify the most optimal treatment that preserves one's pre-cancer lifestyle to the greatest extent possible. For example some treatments, such as oral chemotherapies, allow people to spend less time at the hospital and more time with friends, family or working without treatment disruptions," said Southern California oncologist Dr. Linda Bosserman, M.D., FACP and president of Wilshire Oncology. "This is the type of information that Cancer and Careers helps people learn about so they can, in turn, make informed decisions about their cancer experience."

Jacobson and Dr. Bosserman, along with Joanna Morales, director of the Cancer Legal Resource Center, are part of the expert roundtable speaking at the seminar, providing answers to medical, legal and general questions about managing cancer while employed.

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About Cancer and Careers

Seven years ago, Cancer and Careers is a program committed to changing the face of cancer in the workplace by providing a comprehensive website, free publications, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer. Cancer and Careers' Living and Working with Cancer workbook, available free of charge in English and Spanish, has been distributed to more than 55,000 cancer survivors in all 50 states, Canada, England, India, South Africa and Spain. informs more than 85,000 visitors per year, providing essential tools and information for employees with cancer.

In addition, the Managing Through Cancer Pioneers program helps employers face the challenge of cancer in the workplace. Member companies enhance their own workplace culture, while also demonstrating their commitment to setting a standard of support for all employees battling the disease.

Cancer and Careers is a program of the CEW Foundation, the charitable arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc., a New York-based non-profit trade organization of 4,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries.

About YWCA

The YWCA North Orange County has served Orange County for more than 75 years. The YWCA is a resilient organization strengthened by its members' commitment to women and girls capable of expanding our reach when issues warrant. YWCA of North Orange County's mission is to empower generations of women by addressing their changing needs in Women's Health, Economic Empowerment and Social Justice. The YWCA North Orange County has the largest mobile breast cancer screening program for uninsured and/or underinsured multicultural women 40 years and older. These are women who fall through the cracks of the medical care system, are diagnosed at a later stage and/or go undiagnosed.

About Roche

Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. (Roche), based in Nutley, N.J., is the U.S. pharmaceuticals headquarters of the Roche Group, one of the world's leading research-oriented healthcare groups with core businesses in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. For more than 100 years in the U.S., Roche has been committed to developing innovative products and services that address prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, thus enhancing people's health and quality of life. An employer of choice, in 2007 Roche was named Top Company of the Year by Med Ad News, one of the Top 20 Employers (Science) and ranked the No. 1 Company to Sell For (Selling Power). In previous years, Roche has been named as a Top Company for Older Workers (AARP) and one of the Best Companies to Work For in America (Fortune). For additional information about the U.S. pharmaceuticals business, visit our websites: or

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