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Lean on Me: Employers Caring for Cancer

Show Floor, Ocean Stage
October 9, 2023
Kira Wampler
Redesign Health
Anaeze Offodile MD, MPH
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Carla Tardif
Family Reach
Kaitlin Christine
Randy K. Hawkins, M.D., FACHE
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The panel discussion revolved around the role of employers in supporting their workforce members affected by cancer. The panelists agreed on the need for employers to prioritize cancer care and management due to its potentially disruptive nature. They argued that employers should invest in prevention and education measures to ensure early detection and better outcomes. The panelists expressed their excitement over certain developments in cancer care, such as increased access to top oncologists through virtual care, advances in science, a growing focus on health equity, and employers being open to addressing the psychosocial aspects of cancer. The discussion highlighted the benefits of comprehensive cancer navigation that includes counseling, financial navigation, and care recommendation services. Further, employers were advised to understand the depth of the problem that they and their employees are facing, and tailor their approach accordingly.

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