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

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 General News
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NEW YORK, March 10 In recognition of ColorectalCancer Awareness Month, Cancer and Careers, a non-profit program founded byCosmetic Executive Women Foundation, and Roche are launching a seminar whichoffers guidance for the hundreds of thousands of people living with cancer onhow to return to work after a cancer diagnosis. The "Balancing Cancer andCareers" seminar -- hosted by YWCA of North Orange County -- will take placefrom 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 haveto -- and want to -- work during and after treatment," said Carlotta Jacobson,president of Cosmetic Executive Women and founder of Cancer and Careers. "InCalifornia, alone, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than156,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year. For those women whoreturn to work, Cancer and Careers offers information and tools to help themmanage their battle with cancer as effectively as they manage the rest oftheir lives."

The seminar is designed to ease the back-to-work transition for peoplewith cancer by addressing the unique challenges of cancer in the workplace,and focusing on the issues faced when trying to balance both treatment andwork. Cancer and Careers offers useful advice on how to create an action plan;how to address your diagnosis with employers and coworkers; how to inquireabout effective treatments that may allow more flexibility and what you needto 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 thatpreserves one's pre-cancer lifestyle to the greatest extent possible. Forexample some treatments, such as oral chemotherapies, allow people to spendless time at the hospital and more time with friends, family or workingwithout treatment disruptions," said Southern California oncologist Dr. LindaBosserman, M.D., FACP and president of Wilshire Oncology. "This is the type ofinformation that Cancer and Careers helps people learn about so they can, inturn, make informed decisions about their cancer experience."

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

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About Cancer and Careers

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

The YWCA North Orange County has served Orange County for more than 75years. The YWCA is a resilient organization strengthened by

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