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  • Cate O'Reilly, MSW

Keep employees engaged even during a turbulent health crisis

There is an African Proverb that says, "Irrigate before the flood."


We know intuitively that prevention is easier and less expensive than treatment.

However, chronic illness has for so long been looked at as symptom management.


Cancer is fast becoming one of the largest growing chronic diseases. During the months where elective procedures were closed because of COVID-19 many delayed or missed their preventative screenings altogether. The impact has been devastating as later diagnosis of Cancer is already on the rise because of the delay in preventative and early detection screenings.


In general though cancer care and treatments have become better over the decades and more people are surviving a diagnosis or recurrence and returning to their workplace.


They are not returning the same way they left.


Employees may lose faith in their own health and the financial toxicity of lost wages, pharmaceutical costs and medical care can be crippling.



When Cancer Comes to Work is a program designed to educate, prevent and detect cancer early on for employees. If a cancer diagnosis has occurred for an employee, the program has trained staff to help navigate complex medical systems and help restore control and equilibrium for the employee and their family.


Prevention techniques like eating and nutrition, healthy lifestyle classes and coping in times of uncertainty are just some of the topics offered in the included education series.


Education and direction regarding genomics and biomarkers that will ultimately impact the best course of treatment are also included in the employee wellness program.


Life has so many uncertainties and during the COVID-19 pandemic it has been more evident than ever before. Providing reassuring, complimentary and critical wellness benefits like When Cancer Comes to Work will help with employee retention, overall staff healthcare costs, decrease stop-loss gaps and increase employee satisfaction.


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