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Work & Cancer

Wondering how to work through cancer treatment or take time off and pay for it? How to manage side effects at work, or what you have to tell an employer about your medical condition? Are you a caregiver of a family member diagnosed with cancer? These resources will teach you about the laws that may protect you, and how to use them most effectively.

While these materials and resources are designed for individuals diagnosed with cancer, caregivers, and health care professionals, they are helpful to anyone with a serious medical condition, or anyone who wants to learn about their rights.

Health care professionals can order bulk copies of many of these materials for free. If you are looking for more information on disability insurance, see our Disability Insurance Resource Hub.

Working Through Treatment

A construction worker on the job

Did you know that there are laws that may protect you and help you work through cancer treatment? In this section, we cover the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), state laws that may provide additional help, and other practical information you need to manage work and cancer.

Many of our materials and resources are also available in Spanish.

Cancer Finances

CancerFinances.org is an interactive toolkit for navigating finances after cancer. Make informed decisions about finances, work, and cancer, by using our Employment Module. Get directed to the information most relevant to you based on where you work and where you live.

Taking Time Off Work

A man is taking time off work because of cancer. He walks out of the building carrying a folder.

After a cancer diagnosis, you may need to take time off for treatment. But, how do you keep your job and your income? These free materials and resources will help you understand your options and learn about the laws that may protect you and your job.

Many of our materials and resources are also available in Spanish.

Quick Guides, Checklists, & Other Materials

Chart of State Laws

Understanding state laws related to work and cancer is important because state laws may be more protective than federal laws. Explore our Chart of State Laws Related to Taking Time Off, and Unemployment Benefits.

Cancer Finances

CancerFinances.org is an interactive toolkit for navigating finances after cancer. Make informed decisions about finances, work, and cancer, by using our Employment Module. Get directed to the information most relevant to you based on where you work and where you live.

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Disability Insurance

For more information about disability insurance, see our Disability Insurance Resource Hub.

Returning to Work

A young woman with cancer returns to work as a barista

Heading back to your current job after taking time off? Applying for jobs after cancer, but not sure how to manage ongoing medical appointments or sharing your diagnosis? Wondering about what your rights are when you return to work? These materials and resources will help you understand the legal protections that may be available to you no matter where you're at in your career.

Many of our materials and resources are also available in Spanish.

Quick Guides, Checklists, & Other Materials

Chart of State Laws

Understanding state laws related to work and cancer is important because state laws may be more protective than federal laws. Explore our Chart of State Laws related to Employment.

Cancer Finances

CancerFinances.org is an interactive toolkit for navigating finances after cancer. Make informed decisions about finances, work, and cancer, by using our Employment Module. Get directed to the information most relevant to you based on where you work and where you live.

Leaving Work

A long-haul trucker shakes hands with his boss when he tells him he's leaving his job.

When dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, it can be difficult to work. You may find that you need to take time off, for a short period of time, for a longer period of time, or stop working entirely. You may also find yourself experiencing a loss of employment unrelated to cancer, such as when an employer goes out of business. These free materials and resources will help you make informed choices as you consider your next steps.

Many of our materials and resources are also available in Spanish.

Quick Guides, Checklists, & Other Resources

Disability Insurance

For more information on disability insurance, see our Disability Insurance Resource Hub.

Disclosing Your Cancer Diagnosis

Two friends sit together outside and look concerned.

Deciding if and when to disclose your cancer diagnosis to your employer, friends, and family, is a deeply personal decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. These free materials and resources will help you understand your rights at work, and practical things to consider when making disclosure decisions.

Many of our materials and resources are also available in Spanish.

Quick Guides, Checklists, & Other Materials

Cancer Finances

CancerFinances.org is an interactive toolkit for navigating finances after cancer. Make informed decisions about finances, work, and cancer, by using our Employment Module. Get directed to the information most relevant to you based on where you work and where you live.

For Health Care Professionals

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Employee Benefits

A young woman shakes the hand of a hiring manager.

Many employers offer employees benefits beyond what they are required to under the law. If you're searching for a new job, returning to an existing job, or considering making changes to your health insurance, use these free resources to help make informed decisions!

Many of our materials and resources are also available in Spanish.

Quick Guides, Checklists, & Other Materials

Cancer Finances

CancerFinances.org is an interactive toolkit for navigating finances after cancer. Make informed decisions about finances, work, and cancer, by using our Employment module and our Health Insurance module.

Caregivers

A man helps the person he is caring for put on a sweater.

Caregivers may find the need to balance work and caregiving. It is important to understand the employment laws and protections that may be available to help. These free materials and resources will explain your potential options for taking time off work, paid leave, and much more.

Many of our materials and resources are also available in Spanish.

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One-on-one Help

Triage Cancer Legal & Financial Navigation Program

Triage Cancer has a free Legal & Financial Navigation Program that provides one-on-one assistance on a variety of topics, including employment and disability insurance, to empower you to confidently take next steps.

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