Kavitha Nair, Charlene Stein, Rebecca Stephens, Kyle Taylor, John Sweetenham, Salwan Al Mutar, and Connor Campbell
Victoria Hood, Lindsey Bandini, Taneal Carter, Alyssa Schatz, John Sweetenham, Warren Smedley, Joanna Fawzy Morales, Rebecca V. Nellis, Randy A. Jones, Lynn Zonakis, and Robert W. Carlson
Survival rates for people with cancer and quality of life for survivors have increased significantly as a result of innovations in cancer treatment, improvements in early detection, and improved healthcare access. In the United States, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. As more cancer survivors and patients remain in the workforce, employers must evaluate how they can adjust workplace policies to meet employee and business needs. Unfortunately, many people still encounter barriers to remaining in the workplace following a cancer diagnosis for themselves or a loved one. In an effort to explore the impacts of contemporary employment policies on patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and caregivers, NCCN hosted the Policy Summit “Cancer Care in the Workplace: Building a 21st Century Workplace for Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caretakers” on June 17, 2022. This hybrid event, through keynotes and multistakeholder panel discussions, explored issues regarding employer benefit design, policy solutions, current best and promising practices for return to work, and how these issues impact treatment, survivorship, and caregiving in the cancer community.