Cancer in the Workplace

At any given time, approximately 2.4 percent of an average employer's beneficiary population is receiving active treatment for cancer. This treatment represents more than 10 percent of a plan sponsor's overall health care costs. 

Understanding the need for employers to address issues around cancer, Employers Health led a project known as the Cancer in the Workplace Initiative. Supported by Genentech, this project evaluated an employer’s benefit plans using evidence-based cancer recommendations developed by the National Business Group on Health. After the assessment, employers could implement benefit recommendations for cancer treatment and prevention with the ultimate goal of improving cost, workforce health and productivity. 

Through feedback from employers, a common trend was quickly discovered. Both employees and employers need support when faced with a cancer diagnosis. HR and benefits professionals are looking for practical, simple and reliable cancer resources and information to share with plan participants. Employees and dependents need accurate, timely information about cancer, returning to work after a diagnosis and other issues relevant to individuals dealing with their own or a loved one's cancer.

To provide a solution, employers can access our new cancer resource library below. This library provides simple patient tools with information including:

  • what to expect after a cancer diagnosis;
  • how to prepare for an appointment with your oncologist;
  • understanding chemotherapy and its side effects;
  • cancer checklists;
  • and more.

Cancer Resource Library

If you have any questions about these cancer resources for employers, please contact Eric Dublikar at