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From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition
TABLE 6-7 Percentage of Workers with Access to Life Insurance Benefits, by Selected Characteristics, Private Industry, 2003
Average wage <$15 per hour
Average wage ≥$15 per hour
100 workers or more
SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2004).
tions cover disabled cancer survivors, some survivors have not been fully protected from job loss and access to accommodations for cancer-related work limitations. Successful resolutions on the part of cancer survivors who have filed formal complaints against employers suggest that not all employers have yet fully complied with the law.
Opportunities exist for employers to assist cancer survivors through disability management and return-to-work programs. In addition, information and support can be provided to employees facing cancer through employer-sponsored health programs, workplace intranets, work-life programs, and employee assistance programs. Many employment-related services are available to cancer survivors through public and private voluntary and advocacy organizations, including education, counseling, support, legal advice, vocational rehabilitation, and referral. Limited financial assistance is available as income replacement for cancer survivors who have extended times away from work or who are disabled and can no longer