When individuals are diagnosed with cancer, they are often faced with decisions about how to navigate the workplace, including whether to work through treatment or take time off work. Some individuals may find that they need to replace lost wages while taking time off and need information about disability insurance. Others are concerned about disclosing their cancer diagnosis to their employer or a potential employer. Caregivers may also face work-related issues. This page contains legal and practical resources to help individuals effectively navigate employment & workplace issues after a cancer diagnosis.

Our Webinars

Below you will find recordings of past webinars. Check out our upcoming webinars for up-to-date information on these topics here.

Webinar Description

A cancer diagnosis often brings up questions on how to navigate work and cancer. Regardless of if you are working through treatment or returning to work after taking some time off for treatment, you may have access to federal, state, and employer protections. This webinar will address the relevant laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), state laws, and disclosure and privacy protections.

Webinar Description

Understanding how federal and state laws, employer policies, and disability insurance work together is key to being able to take time off work, maintain an income, and protect your job and employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. There are also options for caregivers who need to take time off work. This session will cover the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, state leave laws, and disability insurance options, and explain how they can work together for you.

Webinar Description

Chemo brain,” is a term used to describe the cognitive changes that may come with cancer treatment, including memory challenges and trouble focusing. This webinar will review the latest research on chemo brain, and provide practical tips to address chemo brain in your daily life. We will also describe practical ways to use legal protections such as reasonable accommodations to help you deal with chemo brain at work and at school.

Disclosure, Privacy & Online Brain

Webinar Description

Get the latest updates on federal, state, and local laws that have an impact on the cancer community, including medical marijuana, death with dignity, and paid leave.

Our Videos

Triage Cancer Presents:
Dealing with Side Effects at Work

Other Resources

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) – Cancer

JAN Accommodation Ideas By Occupation or Industry

Employees' Practical Guide to Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Sample Accommodation Request Form Letter

Employee Accommodation Inquiry Letter

Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the ADA

Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Disability-Related Inquiries and Medical Examinations of Employees Under the ADA

JAN Disability Disclosure and Employment

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Disability Discrimination

U.S. Department of Labor – Wage & Hour Division: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

U.S. Department of Labor Model Medical Certification Form – Employee’s Serious Health Condition

U.S. Department of Labor Model Medical Certification Form – Family Member’s Serious Health Condition

U. S. Department of Labor – Employee's Guide to the FMLA

U. S. Department of Labor – Employer's Guide to the FMLA

U.S. Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA): Workers & Families

U.S. Department of Labor – EBSA: COBRA Social Security Administration (SSA)

U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment – Workplace Accommodation Toolkit

Create an online SSA account to view your Social Security statement

Cancer and Careers has several resources that can be very useful for individuals looking for work.

 is a paid service designed to help job seekers find legitimate flexible jobs (e.g., part-time, telecommuting, etc.).