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Managing Cancer at Work

An innovative health care benefit program that supports employees and their managers.


Managing Cancer at Work


For 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, life-threatening cancer is in the future. Many of us will be working at the time of diagnosis, all hoping for a cure and that our lives will be as normal as possible as we go through treatment and strive for that cure.


Managing Cancer at Work is a low-cost, high-impact employee benefit program that enables organizations to help their employees prevent cancer, recognize the early warning signs of the disease, and understand and manage cancer treatment. This approach keeps employees informed, engaged, and feeling supported.

  • Personalized online information portal
  • Johns Hopkins cancer nurse navigator to guide employees
  • Supervisor’s and manager’s toolkit
  • A unique online educational portal developed by The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
  • Promotion of cancer screening, education, and early detection programs
  • Caregiver support for those caring for loved ones with cancer
  • Increases employee education
  • Renders work environment more supportive and flexible
  • Prepares supervisors and managers
  • A plan for juggling treatment, work and family
  • Potential for reduced draw on sick time and LT/ST disability
  • Thorough de-identified data and reports on platform/navigator utilization and satisfaction
  • Informs and educates caregivers and family members

Why investing in better cancer management for your employees is good business:

All of us have been touched by cancer. Whether it’s a parent, spouse, child or friend, each one of us has had to deal with cancer and its physical, emotional, financial and spiritual toll. Cancer survivors are defined as anyone living with a diagnosis of cancer and what lies beyond, including those who are undergoing or have finished their treatment, and those who will never be cured of their cancer. Over 14 million cancer survivors live in the U.S. today, and over 40% of them are of working age. There will be more than 18 million cancer survivors by the year 2020. 63.5% of cancer survivors continue to work or return to work during and after their cancer treatment. Employees who could work during treatment often do not because they lack support in the workplace. Caregivers of cancer patients may see their own work negatively impacted just as profoundly as do the cancer patients themselves. Cancer survivors, and cancer caregivers, use significant amounts of sick time and vacation time—work absences are costly and difficult for supervisors to manage. Co-workers and supervisors/managers of cancer patients are often lost in terms of knowing how to react to the needs of cancer patients in the workplace.


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For more than 125 years, Johns Hopkins has led the way in both biomedical discovery and patient and population care. Faculty research most often leads to innovative protocols, programs and services, establishing the standard by which others follow and build upon. Our goal: make these innovations available beyond our walls to improve the health outcomes of individuals and populations—within our community and throughout the world.


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