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Young Women Learn to Strike a Balance Between Breast Cancer and Careers
Date:2/24/2009

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
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