Cancer and employment: managing work during a health crisis

During a lifetime, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer. Medical advances allowing earlier diagnosis and less taxing treatment regimens have not only extended survival, but also enabled cancer patients to remain at work during treatment. These advances also mean a growing population of cancer survivors among the U.S. workforce. In fact, more than 400,000 working-age adults are newly diagnosed with cancer each year to join the more than 14 million Americans with an existing history of cancer.

Employers play a major role in helping cancer patients and survivors stay gainfully employed during and after treatment, but many admit needing help navigating the many sensitive issues that arise. Understanding the personal, employment, and legal issues involved can be a challenge to navigate raising many policy implications.

To highlight the opportunities and challenges facing cancer patients, cancer survivors, and employers, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and ThinkWellPoint are hosting a informative briefing to discuss the issues and implications for patients, employers, and policymakers.


  • Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
  • Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD, Medical Director for Oncology Care Management, WellPoint
  • Rebecca Nellis, Vice President, Programs & Strategy, Cancer and Careers
  • Jill Houghton, Executive Director, US Business Leadership Network
  • Teri Herzog, Director, Global Benefits, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch will be served in compliance with the Widely Attended Event exception to the Congressional Gift Ban.

608 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Senate Budget Committee Hearing Room
Washington, D.C.