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.

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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.).