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Young Women Learn to Strike a Balance Between Breast Cancer and Careers

- Against Backdrop of JAMA Report on Post-Diagnosis Joblessness, Legal and Medical Experts Share Real-Life Solutions for Working Through Cancer -

DALLAS, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer and Careers, along with its founding partner Roche, has joined forces with Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) to present their educational workshop, "Managing Cancer and Careers," at the 9th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer.

This marks the first time the popular program - successfully introduced to hundreds of cancer survivors and caregivers last year as the "Balancing Cancer and Careers" seminar in several cities across the United States - will be offered at a national advocacy conference. The Managing Cancer and Careers Workshop will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 27 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Conference registration is required.

"Many young people not only want to - but need to - return to work following a cancer diagnosis or treatment, especially in today's economic climate," said Carlotta Jacobson, former beauty editor of Harper's Bazaar and current president of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), who founded Cancer and Careers when she learned that five CEW board members were diagnosed with cancer and struggled to find resources to help them balance their careers while undergoing treatment. "These women not only need the income and insurance, but also benefit from the sense of normalcy their jobs provide. This workshop offers real-life solutions that will help young career women continue to work successfully through breast cancer."

An analysis of previous studies published in the Feb. 18 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that cancer survivors in the United States and Europe have a significantly higher risk of joblessness than their healthy counterparts - especially survivors of breast and gastrointestinal cancers. The authors state that innovations in treatment, clinical and supportive services and workplace interventions can all help improve employment outcomes.

The Managing Cancer and Careers Workshop is uniquely suited to help women address this issue by providing practical solutions on how to navigate the unique challenges of cancer in the workplace. Experts will discuss topics such as how to create an action plan that includes if/how to address colleagues; how to inquire about effective treatments, including oral chemotherapies such as Xeloda(R)(i), that may allow more flexibility and convenience; and what cancer patients need to know about their legal rights in the workplace, including an updated Congressional bill that expands the definition of disability.

"Part of an oncologist's job is to work with patients to identify treatment regimens that allow them to live their lives as normally as possible," said Debu Tripathy, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Physicians' Education Resource. "Some breast cancer treatments, such as oral chemotherapies and accelerated radiation therapy, allow young women to spend less time at the hospital receiving treatment and more time working or enjoying life with friends and family."

In addition to Dr. Tripathy, workshop panel experts will include Cancer and Careers Executive Director Kate Sweeney and Cancer Legal Resource Center Director Joanna Morales, Esq. Women will also receive information on national resources that can help them adjust to working through breast cancer.

"One topic our conference attendees have consistently asked us to address over the years is working through cancer diagnosis or treatment," said Marcia Stein, chief executive officer, Young Survival Coalition and moderator of the workshop. "Young women with breast cancer are in the beginning stages of their career and a cancer diagnosis is derailing. We're thrilled for the opportunity to work with Cancer and Careers and Roche to bring this important subject matter to patients who want and need more information."

To attend the workshop, you must register for the 9th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer at

The 9th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer is hosted by LBBC, YSC and lead sponsor Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For additional information and to obtain resources presented during the workshop, please call LBBC at (610) 645-4567 or visit

About Cancer and Careers

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 120,000 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 Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Living Beyond Breast Cancer, based outside Philadelphia, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs and services include: conferences; teleconferences; the toll-free Survivors' Helpline (888-753-5222); a website,; free quarterly newsletters; publications for African-American and Latina women; recordings; networking programs for young survivors and women of color; healthcare-provider trainings; and the Paula A. Seidman Library and Resource Center. For more information about Living Beyond Breast Cancer, visit or call (610) 645-4567.

About Young Survival Coalition

Young Survival Coalition (YSC), based in New York and with 24 national affiliates, is the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for young women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under. For more information about the programs and services of Young Survival Coalition, visit or call (877) YSC-1011.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure(R), Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested more than $1.2 billion to fulfill the promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1 (877) GO-KOMEN.

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. For additional information about the U.S. pharmaceuticals business, visit our website Product and treatment information for U.S. healthcare professionals is available at

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