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Real-Life Solutions for Women Working Through Cancer

Saturday, October 4, 2008 General News J E 4
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ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 3 In recognition of National BreastCancer Awareness Month, Cancer and Careers, and its founding partner Roche,have joined forces with the Capital Region's To Life! to host a local seminar,which provides practical advice and tools women can use when returning to workafter a breast cancer diagnosis. The Balancing Cancer and Careers Seminar willtake place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7 at the Hilton Garden Innat Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.

"Work doesn't stop once you've been diagnosed with cancer. Many women haveto -- and want to -- work during and after treatment," said Carlotta Jacobson,former Beauty Editor of Harpers Bazaar and current President of CosmeticExecutive Women (CEW), who founded Cancer and Careers when she learned thatfive CEW board members were diagnosed with cancer and struggled to findresources to help them balance their careers while undergoing treatment. "TheCancer and Careers seminar is designed to ease the back-to-work transition forthese women by addressing the unique challenges of cancer in the workplace."

During the seminar, experts will share advice on how to create an actionplan that includes whether and how to address their diagnosis with employersand coworkers; how to inquire about effective treatments that may allow moreflexibility and convenience, including oral chemotherapies such asXeloda(R)(1); and what they need to know about their legal rights in theworkplace, including an updated bill passed by Congress last month thatexpands the definition of disability.

"Achieving a sense of normalcy is a necessity for cancer patients and maybe especially important to those who work through or return to work aftertreatment," said Michael Kolodziej, M.D. and board member of To Life! "That'swhy it is so important for patients to have an ongoing dialogue with theironcologist about their cancer experience. Part of our job as oncologists is towork with patients to identify a treatment regimen that will allow them, asmuch as possible, to continue with their daily lives."

"As a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how challenging it can beto balance a career, family life and a cancer diagnosis," said Mara Ginsberg,Esq., President and Founder of To Life! "To Life! is proud to be a part ofthis program that provides breast cancer patients with the tools and resourcesthey want and need to effectively manage their disease as efficiently as theywould the rest of their lives."

In addition to Jacobson, Dr. Kolodziej and Ginsberg, seminar experts willinclude Cancer and Careers Executive Director Kate Sweeney and Joseph Connors,Esq., Clinical Professor and Director of the Health Law Clinic at Albany LawSchool. Women will also receive information on local resources that can helpthem adjust to working through cancer.

For additional information and to obtain resources presented during theseminar, please call To Life! at (518) 439-5975 or visitwww.CancerAndCareers.org and www.AboutOralChemo.com.

About Cancer and Careers

Cancer and Careers is a program committed to changing the face of cancerin the workplace by providing a comprehensive website, free publications, anda series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer.Cancer and Careers' Living and Working with Cancer workbook, available free ofcharge in English and Spanish, has been distributed to more than 55,000 cancersurvivors in all 50 states, Canada, England, India, South Africa and Spain.CancerAndCareers.org informs more than 120,000 visitors per year, providingessential tools and information for employees with cancer.

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

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

About To Life!

To Life!, founded in 1998 by a local breast cancer survivor, serves the 10county Capital Region area, providing education and support relating to breastcancer and women's health. To Life! educates the community about breastcancer detection, treatments and related health matters; and provides supportservices to breast cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends. Moreinformation about To Life! is available at www.ToLife.org or at (518)439-5975.

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 leadingresearch-oriented healthcare groups with core businesses in pharmaceuticalsand diagnostics. For more than 100 years in the U.S., Roche has beencommitted to developing innovative products and services that addressprevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, thus enhancing people'shealth and quality of life. An employer of choice, in 2007 Roche was namedTop 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 theBest Companies to Work For in America (Fortune). For additional informationabout the U.S. pharmaceuticals business, visit our website:http://www.rocheusa.com. Product and treatment information for U.S.healthcare professionals is available at www.RocheExchange.com.

All trademarks used or mentioned in this release are protected by law.

(1) For complete information on Xeloda, please visit www.xeloda.com.

SOURCE Cancer and Careers
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