2022 Conferences

Triage Cancer offers a series of FREE educational conferences on cancer-related topics including navigating finances, health and disability insurance, employment rights, advocacy, and other survivorship topics. Conferences are designed for individuals diagnosed with cancer, caregivers, advocates, and oncology health care professionals.* This event covers key information needed to help navigate practical issues, minimize the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis, and reduce stress. Join us for a day of FREE education, games, prizes, and more!


Conference Topics

Triage Cancer Conferences include sessions on:

  • Being an Empowered Patient and Advocate
    • How to Get More Involved in Cancer Community Advocacy Efforts
  • Health Insurance: Understanding Your Options & Using Your Coverage
    • Health Insurance Terms You Need to Know
    • How to Choose Between Health Insurance Plans
    • Making the Most of Your Health Insurance Coverage
    • Health Consumer Protections
    • Government Health Care Programs (e.g., Medicare & Medicaid)
    • What to do When You Lose Coverage Through Your Employer (e.g., COBRA & Marketplace)
    • What to Do When an Insurance Company Says No
  • Practical Tools for Managing Medical Bills, Your Financial Health, & Estate Documents
    • How to Rebuild Your Financial Health
    • Where to Access Financial Assistance
    • Thinking Creatively About Financial Resources
    • What Documents You Need
    • Financial Decisions to Protect Your Family
    • Making Sure Your Wishes are Honored
    • Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Financial Affairs
    • Advance Health Care Directives, POLST
  • Employment Issues: Working Through Treatment and Taking Time Off
    • How to Get Help Working Through Treatment or Returning to Work
    • Employment Rights as a Caregiver
  • Disability Insurance: Options, Applications, & Appeals
    • How to Take Time Off and Get Paid
    • How to Apply for Disability Insurance
    • What to Do When a Disability Insurance Company Says No

…and more! 

Testimonials from Past Participants

This was the most detailed and beneficial overview of insurance and the financial implications of health care for patients that I have experienced in my time in healthcare. This is an invaluable resource and the information and advocacy you two are providing for not only cancer patients, but providers who can in turn utilize the resource to the advantage of our patients is nothing shy of incredible and admirable. Thank you so much for what you do and the inspiration you share!”

“I can’t believe I was allowed to do my job as a nurse navigator without this information!”

“As a nurse, this information is not provided in school and it is difficult to navigate day to day. All nurses need this information and if properly informed could grossly improve patient advocacy and knowledge.”

“I have attended several Triage Cancer workshops and regularly rely on them for information. I couldn't do my job as an oncology social worker without them! Thank you for all you do and how accessible you make all this information. Triage Cancer rocks!”

Conference Bibliography

View the Virtual Conference bibliography.

Agenda & Learning Objectives

9:00am - 9:30am CentralWelcome
9:30am - 10:30am CentralAn Introduction to Cancer Advocacy & Managing Finances1) Outline how health care professionals can engage in various types of advocacy and encourage their patients to be advocates; 2) Delineate the major contributing factors to financial toxicity after a cancer diagnosis
10:30am - 11:30am CentralHealth Insurance: Understanding Your Options & Using Your Coverage1) Outline the various healthcare and health insurance options available to cancer survivors; 2) Articulate how patients can effectively choose between plan options; 3) Explain the appeal process; 4) Describe consumer protections included in various federal laws.
11:30am - 11:45am CentralBreak
11:45am - 12:45pm CentralHealth Insurance: Understanding Your Options & Using Your Coverage ContinuedSee above.
12:45pm - 1:15pm CentralLunch
1:15pm - 1:50pm CentralHealth Insurance: Understanding Your Options & Using Your Coverage ContinuedSee above.
1:50pm - 3:15pm CentralPractical Tools for Managing Medical Bills, Your Financial Health, & Estate Planning Documents 1) Outline practical tools and tips for managing financial health after a cancer diagnosis; 2) Articulate the various documents that can make up an estate plan, including medical decision making.
3:15pm - 4:05pm CentralEmployment 101: Working Through Treatment & Taking Time Off1) Describe how the ADA and FMLA can be useful to their patients.; 2) Articulate patients’ disclosure rights and medical exam requirements under various federal and state laws.
4:05pm - 4:20pm CentralBreak
4:20pm - 5:20pm CentralDisability Insurance: Options, Applications, & Appeals 1) Articulate how disability insurance can be useful to someone who can no longer work as a result of cancer.
5:20pm - 5:30pm CentralAction Steps & Advocacy Opportunities


This section is for health care professionals only. For more accreditation information and requirements to receive credit, please visit the individual event page under the “Register for a Conference” heading.


*Triage Cancer is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses who meet the requirements will be awarded up to 6.5 contact hours. 

410 minutes of instruction/60 minutes = 6.5 contact hours

Accredited Provider: American Nurses Credentialing Center logo

Social Workers

*Triage Cancer, #1689, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Triage Cancer maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 8/26/20 to 8/26/23. Social workers participating in this course will receive up to 6.5 continuing education credits.

*Triage Cancer is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0626. Social Workers completing this course will receive 6.5 contact hours.

*This course, Triage Cancer Conference, Approval #05262022-9, provided by Triage Cancer is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Thursday, May 26, 2022 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 6.5 CE credits for participating in this course.

Board Certified Patient Advocates

Triage Cancer (Provider Code BCPA-ACE2006) ‘Triage Cancer Conference’ is approved for 7 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA).

Visit the individual conference registration page for more information.

Human Resources Professionals

Triage Cancer is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

SHRM Recertification Provider


This course is approved for 6.50 Illinois MCLE general credit hours.

Presenting Sponsor

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Daiichi-Sankyo logo
Cancer Health
GSK logo
Eisai logo


Cancer Support Community and Gilda's Club
Exact Sciences

Supporting Sponsors

Stupid Cancer
Pan Foundation
Kantor & Kantor
Cancer Wellness
Vogelzang Law
Takeda Oncology

Community Partners

2for2 Boobs, A Cure in Sight, Bag It, BMT InfoNet, Bright Spot Network, Cactus Cancer Society, Cancer Today/American Association for Cancer Research, Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc, COLONTOWN, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, Dollar For, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education, Greater Chicago Food Depository, GRYT Health, HealthTree Foundation, Helpsy Inc., Illinois Public Health Association, Imerman Angels, I'm Not Done Yet, International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation, Kesem, Leukemia Research Foundation, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Manta Cares, MIB Agents, National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Patient Empowerment Network, Pickles Group, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sharsheret, Susan G. Komen, Teen Cancer America, Testicular Cancer Foundation, The Chrysalis Initiative, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc., Wellness House, WeSPARK Cancer Support Center, YMCA Chicago, and Zaggo, Inc.