- When Someone You Work With Has Cancer
- General questions and answers
- What are the different types of cancer treatment?
- What to expect
- Ways to respond
- A list of basic do’s and don’ts
- Offering support
- Are there resources available to help?
- What supervisors can do
- What about when treatment is over?
- What if the cancer returns?
- Your help is important
- To learn more
Are there resources available to help?
Employee assistance programs are a good resource for both the person with cancer and co-workers. If your co-worker seems to be very upset, you might suggest this option. The first few consultations may not cost much; in fact, sometimes they cost the employee nothing.
Cancer support groups are also excellent resources for dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. The American Cancer Society can refer you to groups in your area.
For other staff in your workplace, on-site support groups or education programs can help them manage stress and increase understanding. Even a meeting to focus on managing feelings and work issues can be very helpful. If you have stress management resources or techniques in place, this is a good time to use them.
Last Medical Review: 05/21/2012
Last Revised: 01/25/2013