#NCCNPolicy summit explores how adapting workplace culture to accommodate people with past or present cancer, and their caregivers, can lead to benefits for both employers and employees.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) convened an oncology policy summit in Washington DC today on the topic of building a that includes support for people with cancer and their caregivers. The program, which also featured a virtual attendance option, examined how workplace norms and expectations have changed in recent years, particularly since the onset of the COVID- 19 pandemic. The conversation also examined the current legal and policy landscape, plus how generational shifts and an increasing number of cancer survivors in the workforce are leading to cultural changes throughout the United States.
“We need a cooperative and flexible approach from employers, payers, providers and healthcare systems to ensure high quality and equitable care for all our patients and their caregivers— meeting their needs with minimal disruption to their work and their income,” said John SweetenhamMD, FRCP, FACP, FASCO, Chair, NCCN Board of Directors, and Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Clinical Affairs, UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The pandemic has resulted in the transformation of virtual cancer care and a renewed interest in interventions such as home infusion of cancer therapy. As home becomes the workplace for so many more people since COVID, we need employment and leave benefits as well as regulatory policies that allow us to support patients in their homes.”
Panelist Rebecca V. NellisMPP, Executive Director, Cancer and Careers shared results from a 2021 Cancer and Careers/Harris Poll Survey. It found 74% of employed patients and survivors reported that working during treatment helped or helped them cope and 75% of surveyed patients and survivors said work aids or aided in their treatment and recovery .
“There are a lot of misconceptions about working after a cancer diagnosis,” explained Nellis. “Employers may think people don’t want to work or can’t work, or …