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Managing Cancer In The Workplace

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Gov. Hogan shared a lot at his press conference Monday. He went beyond announcing that doctors have diagnosed him with an advanced, aggressive form of cancer of the lymph nodes. He told us the cancer already has spread to dozens of spots in his body, that he’s doesn’t feel much pain but he doesn’t have much appetite, that the aggressive chemo his doctors plan will take a little over four months, and that the experts gave him good odds of surviving the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and clearing it from his body. Perhaps the message he underscored most often was that he intends to keep working while he’s undergoing treatment.

Since Gov. Hogan is the boss, he may have more say than many workers in how his cancer treatment plays out at the office. John Hopkins Medicine has recently launched a program called “Managing Cancer at Work” -- a wellness benefit employers can purchase to offer free to their workers. With us to talk about the issues cancer raises--for workers, caregivers and their managers-- is one of the cancer experts who designed the new program: Lillie Shockney, a registered nurse who is Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and Director of Cancer Survivorship Programs. She has also survived two bouts with breast cancer. Also with us is Laurie Singer Sievers, a filmmaker and TV producer who serves on the advisory board of the John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and produces their education and caregiver videos.

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Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.