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Employees Diagnosed with Cancer: Current Perspectives and Future Directions from an Employer’s Point of View

Friday February 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET, 5:30 PM GMT+1
Recorded in February 2019



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For cancer survivors, participating at work is of great importance. Work gives them structure, social interaction and financial security. However, returning to work can be complex. The work environment, health care system and several stakeholders can be of influence. One of the key stakeholders in the process is the employer. Employers are in the position to guide the cancer survivor back to work and to create good working conditions. Thereby, employers can facilitate work participation of cancer survivors.

 ​You will learn

  • The important role of the employer for work participation of cancer survivors.
  • When and how to communicate with an employee with cancer as an employer.
  • Tips and tricks for enhancing the collaboration between health professionals, cancer survivor and workplace (employer, colleagues).    .​
Take-home messages
  • Communication between cancer survivor and his or her employer should start early to achieve a satisfactory dialogue. That is, to prevent misconceptions about preferences and possibilities to stay or return to work, and about when and how to keep in touch.
  • Assumptions regarding the individual importance of work are easily made, but may prevent mutual understanding.
  • Effective collaboration between stakeholders is key factor to enhance work participation. 

Michiel Greidanus 

PhD Student, the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, The Netherlands

Michiel Greidanus is a PhD-student at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health of the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, in The Netherlands. His PhD-project is about the Return to Work (RTW) of employees diagnosed with cancer, with a focus on the role of the employer. He developed an online intervention that supports employers during the RTW process of employees diagnosed with cancer. This online intervention consists of communication video's, to the point information and is easily accessible for employers. Additionally, he developed a new measurement instrument that measures successful RTW.  Michiel is also involved in education of medical students. 

Sietske Tamminga, PhD

Assistant professor at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, The Netherland

Dr. Sietske Tamminga is an assistant professor at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health of the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, in The Netherlands. The focus of her research is on enhancing the return to work (RTW) of cancer survivors by supporting the cancer survivor, the employer or healthcare professionals. She is involved in the supervision of PhD students and has been involved in the training of nurses on cancer and work. She published many peer reviewed scientific articles on cancer and work as well as articles for a lay audience. She obtained among others funding from the Dutch Cancer Society. 


Christine Maheu, RN, PhD

Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University and Co-director of Cancer and Work
Dr. Christine Maheu is an Associate Professor in the Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and FRQS Chercheur Boursier Junior 2. Dr. Maheu is also an Affiliate Scientist at the University Health Network and the University of Toronto. At McGill University, she teaches research methods, supervises graduate students (masters, doctoral, post-doctoral), mentors practicing nurses and students in research, and conducts research in English and French. She has held research awards with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. These awards funded her research in psychosocial oncology, which focuses on developing and testing psychosocial interventions or measurements tools for various cancer populations. Additionally, in partnership with Ipsos Canada and funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, she is co-leading a nationwide survey of the needs of cancer patients for transition care from the end of their treatment to three years after their diagnosis. Dr. Maheu received awards for excellence in nursing research (2013, 2015, 2016) from Ovarian Cancer Canada, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and the Quebec Association of Nurses in Oncology.​


Maureen Parkinson, M.Ed. C.C.R.C

Provincial Vocational Rehablitation Counsellor,  BC Cancer and Co-Director of Cancer and Work
Ms. Maureen Parkinson is the province-wide vocational rehabilitation counsellor at the BC Cancer. She has also been vocational rehabilitation counsellor at a public rehabilitation hospital and vocational rehabilitation consultant to insurance companies and the court system. She has instructed and facilitated Service-Canada-funded programs on job searching and career exploration. Ms. Parkinson has a Masters in Counselling Psychology, is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor, and completed the Certified Return to Work Coordinator Program through the National Institute for Disability Management and Research. She has developed return-to-work and job-search seminars for cancer patients and created the guidebook “Cancer and Returning to Work: A Practical Guide for Cancer Patients” as well as on-line articles about returning to work and school. She also co-authored a paper commissioned by the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, “Cancer and Work: A Canadian Perspective”.​

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