When Someone You Work With Has Cancer

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Are there resources available to help people cope with cancer in the workplace?

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’re free.

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: 05/13/2014
Last Revised: 05/13/2014