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Local Experts Help Women Living and Working With Cancer Even the Score

October 10, 2008

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer and Careers and its founding partner Roche have joined forces with YWCA Knoxville, The Wellness Community-East Tennessee and breast cancer advocate Holly Warlick, University of Tennessee women’s basketball associate head coach, to host an educational seminar providing practical advice and tools women can use when returning to work after a breast cancer diagnosis. The Balancing Cancer and Careers Seminar will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 15 at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

“Work doesn’t stop once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Many women have to — and want to — work during and after treatment,” said Carlotta Jacobson, former beauty editor of Harpers Bazaar and current president of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), who founded Cancer and Careers when she learned that five CEW board members were diagnosed with cancer and struggled to find resources to help them balance their careers while undergoing treatment. “The Cancer and Careers seminar is designed to ease the back-to-work transition for these women by addressing the unique challenges of cancer in the workplace.”

During the Balancing Cancer and Careers seminar, experts will offer useful advice and information on how to address a cancer diagnosis with employers and coworkers; what legal rights exist in the workplace, including an updated bill passed by Congress last month that expands the definition of disability; and how to inquire about effective treatments that may allow more flexibility with a work schedule.

“As oncologists, our goals include helping our patients to identify treatment regimens that will help them achieve the greatest sense of normalcy possible, which often means continuing to work,” said Dr. Susan Huntsinger, an oncologist at University Cancer Specialists in Knoxville, Tenn. “Some breast cancer treatments, such as oral chemotherapies like Xeloda(R), allow people to spend less time at the hospital and more time at work without treatment disruptions.”(1)

“I’m taking part in this important event because I want to do all that I can to show support for the thousands of women in Knoxville who are affected by breast cancer,” said Holly Warlick. “My hope is that our community takes advantage of this amazing resource so they can be empowered to make more informed decisions about their cancer experience, and for some women that means identifying how and when to return to work.”

In addition to Dr. Huntsinger and Warlick, seminar experts will include Cancer and Careers Executive Director Kate Sweeney; Knoxville Attorney Sonda L. Gifford; YWCA Knoxville Executive Director Marigail Mullin; and The Wellness Community-East Tennessee Executive Director Beth Hamil. Women will also receive information on local resources that can help them adjust to working through cancer.

For additional information and to obtain resources presented during the seminar, please call YWCA Knoxville at (865) 523-6126 or visit CancerAndCareers.org and AboutOralChemo.com.

About Cancer and Careers

Cancer and Careers is a program committed to changing the face of cancer in the workplace by providing a comprehensive Web site; free publications; and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer. Cancer and Careers’ Living and Working with Cancer workbook, available free of charge in English and Spanish, has been distributed to more than 55,000 cancer survivors in all 50 states, Canada, England, India, South Africa and Spain. CancerAndCareers.org informs more than 120,000 visitors per year, providing essential tools and information for employees with cancer.

In addition, the Managing Through Cancer Pioneers program helps employers face the challenge of cancer in the workplace. Member companies enhance their own workplace culture, while also demonstrating their commitment to setting a standard of support for all employees battling the disease.

Cancer and Careers is a program of the CEW Foundation, the charitable arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc., a New York-based non-profit trade organization of 4,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries.

About YWCA Knoxville

The YWCA Knoxville’s mission is to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA works to empower women and families and to eliminate racism in Knoxville through all its programs. From assisting a victim of domestic violence, teaching children to providing temporary housing for 58 women each night the YWCA makes an ever lasting change.

For more information about the YWCA Knoxville, please visit our Web site at http://www.ywcaknox.com/ or call (865) 523-6126.

About The Wellness Community-East Tennessee

The Wellness Community (TWC) of East Tennessee is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and is part of a national non-profit organization. It is devoted to helping cancer patients and their loved ones enhance their health and well being by providing professionally led programs of emotional support, education, and hope. The Wellness Community-East Tennessee provides a full range of support services to cancer patients and their families in a comfortable home-like setting and all are completely free of charge. Please visit our Web site at http://www.wellnesscommunitytn.org/ for more information about The Wellness Community-East Tennessee.

About Roche

Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. (Roche), based in Nutley, N.J., is the U.S. pharmaceuticals headquarters of the Roche Group, one of the world’s leading research-oriented healthcare groups with core businesses in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. For more than 100 years in the U.S., Roche has been committed to developing innovative products and services that address prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, thus enhancing people’s health and quality of life. An employer of choice, in 2007 Roche was named Top Company of the Year by Med Ad News, one of the Top 20 Employers (Science) and ranked the No. 1 Company to Sell For (Selling Power). In previous years, Roche has been named as a Top Company for Older Workers (AARP) and one of the Best Companies to Work For in America (Fortune). For additional information about the U.S. pharmaceuticals business, visit our website: http://www.rocheusa.com/. Product and treatment information for U.S. healthcare professionals is available at http://www.rocheexchange.com/.

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(1) For complete information on Xeloda, please visit http://www.xeloda.com/.

Cancer and Careers

CONTACT: Kate Sweeney of Cancer and Careers, Office, +1-212-685-5955Ext. 15, ksweeney@cew.org; or Daphne Hoytt of Manning Selvage & Lee, Office,+1-212-468-3558, or Cell, +1-917-406-2779, daphne.hoytt@mslpr.com, for Cancerand Careers

Web Site: http://aboutoralchemo.com/http://cancerandcareers.org/http://www.rocheexchange.com/http://www.rocheusa.com/.http://www.wellnesscommunitytn.org/http://www.xeloda.com/http://www.ywcaknox.com/




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