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Unemployment common after breast cancer treatment

Unemployment common after breast cancer treatment | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it

"Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors who were working when they began treatment were unemployed four years later. Women who received chemotherapy were most affected, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

Researchers surveyed woman in Detroit and Los Angeles who had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. They narrowed their sample to the 746 women who reported working at the time they were diagnosed. Participants were surveyed about nine months after diagnosis, and then given a follow-up survey about four years later.

Overall, 30 percent of these working women said they were no longer working at the time of the four-year follow-up survey. Women who received chemotherapy were more likely to report that they were not working four years later."


Via Susan Zager
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Cancer and Careers is a great resource for survivors, not just of breast cancer, but any cancer who may need some support and ideas on how to get back to work, employee rights, etc.  

 

There is an annual conference coming up June 4th in NYC - for information on Cancer & Careers, go to...

 

http://www.cancerandcareers.org/

 

 

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Susan Zager's curator insight, April 28, 2014 1:07 PM

This study brings out important issues with employment and breast cancer treatment. According to the article: ""Many doctors believe that even though patients may miss work during treatment, they will 'bounce back' in the longer term. The results of this study suggest otherwise. Loss of employment is a possible long-term negative consequence of chemotherapy that may not have been fully appreciated to date." 

To see the study go to: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28607/abstract;jsessionid=680D92ABD7CE7FF34BE36928F558508F.f04t02


Deborah Fenlon's curator insight, April 28, 2014 4:45 PM

Time for the long term economic impact of breast cancer treatment to be taken seriously

Erika Kettlewell's curator insight, October 11, 2014 11:26 PM

This article may be from a few months ago, however I feel as though it has an importance. It is interesting that such a high percentage of woman are no longer employed after receiving treatment. This type of study has never been brought to my attention however I feel as though this is something that make a lot of sense. My Aunt received treatment over 4 years ago and was able to work only a portion of the hours she had been working previous. My mom also lost wages while being off and it took her months to recover, she also does not work the same hours she used to and find it a struggle to work as much as she does. 

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T-Boz: "Doctors Said I Wouldn't Live Past My 30's"

T-Boz: "Doctors Said I Wouldn't Live Past My 30's" | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Tionne Watkins, better known as T-Boz of the legendary girl group TLC, revealed that she has secretly suffered from complications related to a brain tumor in addition to battling sickle cell anemia...

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Cancer doesn't discriminate - Hollywood superstar or a rockstar mother - whether you're an "A-lister" or not, cancer can have a huge impact on your life - either because you've been diagnosed or someone you love is going through it. Sharing of stories like this helps people to know they are not alone.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, February 19, 12:40 PM

#BrainTumorThursday - #BrainCancerAwareness - The 44-year-old star revealed that she has been waging a secret battle against a brain tumor that was diagnosed in 2006, saying that she underwent a seven-hour surgical procedure...  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving

Beth A. Williams's curator insight, February 27, 1:02 PM

T-Boz proved her doctors wrong -- their gloomy prognosis didn't fit her own story. This article is inspiring and also has some easy-to-understand information about brain tumors. Mine was an oligodendroglioma, and wasn't in the typical location. So grateful for its characteristics being so treatable!

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How a 3-Time Cancer Survivor Got Her Life, Money & Career Back on Track : Business

How a 3-Time Cancer Survivor Got Her Life, Money & Career Back on Track : Business | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Starting a career is very puzzle-like. You finish school — high school, college or otherwise — and you’re sent off with all these pieces of life you need to try
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Amazing work by an amazing non-profit!

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Mission CONTROL | Critical Mass

Mission CONTROL | Critical Mass | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it

Via Heather Swift
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There is often a complete disconnect between amazing resources like Critical Mass and the healthcare community. Educating oncology specialists about organizations such as Critical Mass, StupidCancer, Imerman Angels, #BCSM, just to name a few, can give them reliable ways to support survivors beyond strictly medical needs. I've seen the relief on an oncology nurse's face when she first heard about StupidCancer and finally had somewhere else to direct the YAs she was caring for when it came to overcoming their common challenge of feeling isolated or like no one could understand what they are going through. Healthcare organizations do not need to reinvent the wheel through patient portals. Rather, they can expand what they make available by educating patients about these existing resources that have been developed in a very survivor centric way to be responsive to the real, not perceived, needs. Collaboration vs. invention can save time and money. Some steps are underway, but there is a lot of untapped potential for more meaningful partnering between healthcare and non-profits in the months and years ahead.
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Heather Swift's curator insight, December 27, 2014 12:35 PM

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Critical Mass: Mission Control
Mission Control is your one-stop-shop for all young adult programs resources and services. This searchable database is designed specifically for young adults 15 – 39 years old dealing with cancer.

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Tambre Leighn - Managing Holiday Stress for Patients, Caregivers & Healthcare Providers | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams

Tambre Leighn - Managing Holiday Stress for Patients, Caregivers & Healthcare Providers | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Professional life coach Tambre Leighn offers some tips on how we can help minimize stress and sadness during the holiday season.
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It's an honor to be blogging for theONC, an incredible resource for the oncology community. For all you do for those needing your care, thank you and may this holiday season be full of peace and wellbeing for you and your loved ones.

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Social media for pharma – an expert’s view

Social media for pharma – an expert’s view | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Even with risks and regulations, pharma needs to engage with patients and learn more about them

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As we say in coaching....meet them where they are. Most patients and caregivers are using social media to get educated and get support with healthcare challenges. Time for pharma to harness the power and use it for good with patient centered support services.

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Ethical GmbH's curator insight, March 4, 5:47 AM

 "If someone posts about a side effect and names a specific drug, that is a potentially reportable event, even if there is no apparent causal relationship between the side effect and the drug," 

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How Social Media Helps Young People With Cancer - US News

How Social Media Helps Young People With Cancer - US News | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
The online world empowers and connects people in their darkest hour.
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Support and connection help to overcome isolation for many cancer survivors. Stupid Cancer is one of the leading non-profit organizations for young adult cancer survivors providing incredible services and an amazing community.

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eUpdate Article for Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers and Cancer Medical Professionals

eUpdate Article for Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers and Cancer Medical Professionals | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Coping with Cancer provides resources for cancer survivors, cancer caregivers, and cancer medical professionals. Articles and stories are presented in a warm and friendly, easy-to-use format, and provides information by specific cancer type, general knowledge about living with cancer, and wellness and inspirational topics. The resource guides are the most complete listings found anywhere. The Coping media team is constantly adding relevant articles and trustworthy resources.
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I absolutely agree that one size does NOT fit all when it comes to cancer, treatment choices, and the impact and outcomes. Individualized approaches make sense - which means patients need to become strong self-advocates and be sure they speak about their specific needs and priorities. 

Important article on considerations and implications for Senior Adults with cancer but it speaks to the bigger picture of shifting to a medical model where, as we do in coaching with our clients, the medical team meets the patient "where they are at." This requires active, and sometimes intuitive, listening skills for healthcare professionals and clear communication by patients.

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eUpdate Article for Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers and Cancer Medical Professionals

eUpdate Article for Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers and Cancer Medical Professionals | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it

"In 2005, the fine-dining aficionado got the chance to travel to New York and show off his skills on the first season of Food Network’s culinary competition The Next Food Network Star....However, the elation he felt from progressing so far in the nationally broadcast competition was short lived. Two weeks after the show’s finale, Hans got the worst news a foodie could pos­sibly hear: He had stomach cancer."

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Hans Rueffert is an amazing chef (I've had the tasty experience of his food at MD Anderson's Survivorship conference several years ago) and inspiring survivor. Check out this great article about his story and journey in the e-version of Coping With Cancer - a great resource for survivors and caregivers.

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REGISTRATION Opens for YSC Summit: The Only National Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer and Their Co-Survivors

REGISTRATION Opens for YSC Summit: The Only National Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer and Their Co-Survivors | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Though breast cancer is less common in younger women, more than 250,000 women living in the U.S. today were diagnosed before their 41st birthday, and 13,000 more will be diagnosed this year. Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is bringing them together for the YSC Summit, March 6-8, 2015, in Houston, Texas.
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Registration is open - join hundreds of women in March 2015 and get educated, connected, inspired...and have a ton of fun. Incredible roster of expert speakers and session topics.

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Beth A. Williams's curator insight, November 22, 2014 6:39 PM

A resource for education, support, and wellness, the YSC is offering a national conference for young women breast cancer survivors and their co-survivors.

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Bose grants reward risk

Bose grants reward risk | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it

I'tFive innovative, high-risk projects launch with support from Prof. Amar G. Bose Research Grants.

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When you purchase anything, you vote with your dollars. Here is a company you may want to consider supporting. Congratulations to the innovative cancer research projects funded and to Bose for making them possible!

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15 Influential ePatients and Patient Advocates to Follow

15 Influential ePatients and Patient Advocates to Follow | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Whether its public speaking, blogging, or tweeting, these empowered ePatient & patient advocates are changing the way we think about our role in healthcare.
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Great influencers and educators to be following in the arena of advocacy for chronic illness, ePatients, and giving patients a voice within medical care.

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Survivorship: How do you want it to be? - YouTube

Presented by Dr. Jennifer D. Irwin, Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Western University.
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Excellent presentation by Dr. Irwin with some great insights and simple tips and her personal story on creating the experience you want so you can feel more empowered in survivorship.

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Survivors confront hurdles on job front

Survivors confront hurdles on job front | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Michelle Kierns lost her job as a director of admissions at a long-term-care center last winter, only a few weeks after doctors diagnosed her breast cancer.
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Great employment tips and strategies for cancer survivors.

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Cancer Patients And Doctors Struggle To Predict Survival

Cancer Patients And Doctors Struggle To Predict Survival | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
After being diagnosed with cancer, people often ask one question first: "How long do I have?" Doctors usually overestimate the time, and patients often don't understand it's a range, not one number.
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One of the big "why we need coaching in healthcare" moments. Physicians and healthcare practitioners can only benefit from understanding how to stop telling and start asking.

When you use empowering questions, you help the survivor provide information that can be used to help them navigate the challenges they are facing and process what they are hearing. There are so many coaching skills that can be used to make this a much different conversation for both the practitioner and the survivor. For more information go to www.ipecwellbeing.com.

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Resources on the Web - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Boston, MA

A list of cancer websites and online cancer support resources from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Via Heather Swift
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Dana Farber is often a leader in the cancer community. Sharing valuable resources like this is an example of how healthcare can provide value to survivors.

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Heather Swift's curator insight, December 27, 2014 12:33 PM

[RESOURCES]

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Patient and Family Resources
Extensive list of resources for cancer patients, family members, and caregivers.

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Grant helps expand childhood cancer follow-up care at clinic

Grant helps expand childhood cancer follow-up care at clinic | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
The Children’s Specialty Center provides treatment to children with blood disorders and cancer regardless of their ability to pay for services. A recent grant from the nonprofit St. Baldrick’s Foundation awarded $245,000 to the center to expand its Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic, which provides follow-up care for childhood cancer survivors up to age 40.
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Survivorship issues are gaining momentum and a much needed place in the spotlight. Saving lives, extending lives...so very important but it's not the complete picture. Whole lives of survivors and addressing quality of life issues must also be on the table and part of the plan.

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13 Ways I Live My Life With Purpose After Cancer

13 Ways I Live My Life With Purpose After Cancer | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Although I didn't always feel empowered or plan on becoming a cancer advocate, I found strength in following a few simple life rules I learned along the way. In honor of my cancerversary, I want to share with you 13 ways I now live my life with purpo...
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Inspiring words and insights from the amazing Tamika Felder. Great information for cancer survivors...check it out.

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Beth A. Williams's curator insight, December 20, 2014 12:54 PM

Words of wisdom and inspiration to pay attention to -- each one is worth savoring for a full, abundant life. 

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eUpdate Article for Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers and Cancer Medical Professionals

eUpdate Article for Cancer Survivors, Cancer Caregivers and Cancer Medical Professionals | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Coping with Cancer provides resources for cancer survivors, cancer caregivers, and cancer medical professionals. Articles and stories are presented in a warm and friendly, easy-to-use format, and provides information by specific cancer type, general knowledge about living with cancer, and wellness and inspirational topics. The resource guides are the most complete listings found anywhere. The Coping media team is constantly adding relevant articles and trustworthy resources.
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It's DEFINITELY not one size fits all. Great article on some of the considerations unique to senior survivors.

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Can A Health Savings Account Pay Your Cancer Bills? | cancerhawk

Can A Health Savings Account Pay Your Cancer Bills? | cancerhawk | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
http://insights.schwab.com/portfolio-management/surprising-advantage-your-hsa Cancer, like any chronic illness, can cause financial distress and even
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Get educated. Make informed decisions. Thanks to @cancerhawk for passing this along.

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Becoming Your Best Cancer Care Advocate: 5 Steps Could Make All the Difference

Becoming Your Best Cancer Care Advocate: 5 Steps Could Make All the Difference | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
The steps taken just after diagnosis can have a huge impact on the quality of care we receive, as we try to both understand a disease as complex as cancer, and make smart decisions in navigating our complicated healthcare system....
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Fantastic tips for cancer survivors. Self-advocacy is SO important and such a big part of your wellbeing. What if you had a Care Plan that helped you reduce your stress so you had more energy to invest in advocating for you? What might be different?

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Tambre Leighn - Tambre's Tips on Engaging Patients | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams

Tambre Leighn - Tambre's Tips on Engaging Patients | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Certified life coach Tambre Leighn offers guidance on how to engage patients to help improve patient care.
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Check out my latest post for oncology nurses along with other great blog posts by oncology professionals available on this site.

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Mean girls and scared boys: The real life Australian The Fault in Our Stars ... - NEWS.com.au

Mean girls and scared boys: The real life Australian The Fault in Our Stars ... - NEWS.com.au | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
THERE’S a lot to worry about when you’re 14 and told you’re going to die.

Via Beth A. Williams
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Exactly why organizations like Young Survival Coalition (http://www.youngsurvival.org/) and Stupid Cancer (http://stupidcancer.org/) are SO important. Registration is open for YSC Conference for young women dealing with breast cancer, March 2015 in Houston and CancerCon hits Denver in April 2015. Both events give young survivors a chance to get connected, educated, inspired, and have some fun in a judgment free environment. Please pass it on.

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Beth A. Williams's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:40 PM

The issues teenagers with cancer face differ from those that both children and adults face. A place to share with others in similar situations can provide respite and a sense of community, and help to overcome isolation. 

 

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New Study Suggests Meditation Can Actually Alter Your Body On A Cellular Level | IFLScience

New Study Suggests Meditation Can Actually Alter Your Body On A Cellular Level | IFLScience | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
Scientists aren’t quite sure how the placebo effect works. This phenomenon occurs when a patient believes they are getting treatment and their condition begins to improve, despite not actually receiving medication with an active ingredient.

Via Beth A. Williams
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Since most people are well aware, thanks to coloring each month of the year in a different hue, how about moving, instead to actionable steps - like Meditation Month - where everyone commits to meditating daily in an experiment to see how it changes their lives - 30 days to a new healthy habit. Let's move awareness to action and improving lifestyle choices. Time to stop talking about health and instead BE health!

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Beth A. Williams's curator insight, November 11, 2014 1:27 PM

This study provides some confirmation of my belief that mindfulness, meditation, yoga and similar activities can significantly improve both the quality of life and length of life. Looking forward to more science looking at the health benefits of these activities.

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Click here to support IV Pediatric Backpack for KidsWithCancer by Kelly Simonds

Click here to support IV Pediatric Backpack for KidsWithCancer by Kelly Simonds | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
The Doctors tv show Kylie on MSNBC NewsNation with Tamron Hall. Sept. 22, 2014 Thank you msg from Kylie. All donations in excess of my goal will go towards the manufacturing of the FIRST usable IV backpacks. EVERY PENNY! Kylie NEEDS funding to create a WORKING Prototype! Kylie is 11 yrs old...
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Can you help Kylie? This amazing pediatric cancer survivor has a great invention to help other kids with cancer. Healthcare professionals, she is looking for specific information about IV pumps and other ambulatory pumps/take home pumps being used in children's hospitals around the country. Please pass it on and help either with a donation as little as $5 or with information.

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24 Straightforward Rules from Patients to Doctors - WhatNext

24 Straightforward Rules from Patients to Doctors - WhatNext | Cancer Survivorship | Scoop.it
If patients could make the rules, what would they tell their doctors? Here are 24 rules from WhatNexters to their doctors.
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Not just for cancer survivors...this list applies to all who are under the care of a physician or medical team. Sometimes what creates patient engagement and satisfaction is very, very simple.

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