We’ve done the research for you and gathered information on free, easy-to-use cancer resources for employers.

So whether you are looking to design a cancer care guide for your organization or enhance your current plan, here are resources that can help.

Watch Cheryl talk about these resources at our March 15 ALC.

1. Workplace Transitions


This all-in-one cancer resource created by four collaborating organizations covers a wide range of topics. Learn about applicable workplace laws; ideas for workplace accommodations; how to support caregivers; making a workplace transition or return to work plan; and more.

Suggested Highlight

  • “I’m sorry that you’re going through this.”
  • “If you need to talk, I’m available.”
  • “Your’e a valuable member of this team. We’ll work together to figure out how to make this work.”
  • “Tell me what you think we can do to make your workload more manageable.”
  • “Let’s check in regularly to see how you’re doing.”

Read our blog article about how this site helped Delta Air Lines create their cancer benefits and resources guide.

2. Pathways to Managing Cancer in the Workplace


The Take Control of Your Health website has included this cancer management white paper for employers. It’s a really great read and it covers the basics of managing cancer in the workplace.

This downloadable white paper from National Business Group on Health breaks things down into three parts:

  • The business case
  • Four major types of cancer
  • Strategies for managing cancer in the workplace

Suggested Highlight

  • This paper includes risk factors, five-year survival rates based on stage of cancer and preventive screening recommendations for the four most common types of cancer in the United States.

3. Cancer + Careers


This website empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in the workplace. An excellent resource, it provides next steps after a cancer diagnosis to create a career action plan. It also includes insight on how to approach your boss and disclose your diagnosis.

Suggested Highlight

  • Check out the “Manager’s Kit.” This kit contains nine essential PDFs that help plan workplace strategies for employees with cancer and their employers.

4. Questions & Answers About Cancer in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


This website is written by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Look here to find answers to the top questions employers have about the legal parameters of the ADA and employees (or potential employees) with cancer.

Suggested Highlight

  • Learn more about how the ADA limits an employer’s ability to ask questions related to cancer and other disabilities. It includes the limits of conducting medical examinations at three stages: pre-offer, post-offer, and during employment.

5. American Cancer Society


According to Healthy People 2010, sponsored by the U.S. government, adults spend more than half of their waking hours on the job. The American Cancer Society created a site to help employers engage employees with cancer-related wellness messages and community involvement ideas.

Suggested Highlight

  • Check out the Employer Initiative Workplace Solutions programs. They are customizable to fit the needs of your workplace and help to reduce the risk of cancer and other serious illnesses.

Download Cheryl’s presentation “Cancer Resources for Employers”

We hope you find these resources helpful on this timely topic. Alliance Learning Circle events are an excellent way to get quality education content for free, earn continuing education credits and network with your peers.

Join us at our next event, The Alliance Annual Seminar, on May 12, 2016. Learn more about this morning of educational opportunity by viewing our video invite to you.

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Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars

President & CEO, The Alliance

Cheryl DeMars joined The Alliance in 1992, assuming several roles before becoming CEO in December 2006. Cheryl works with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team to establish the strategic direction of the cooperative. 
Cheryl participates in a number of national and regional initiatives that align with The Alliance’s mission of controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. 
Prior to joining The Alliance, Cheryl was a program manager at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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