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Working Beyond Cancer: What We Do and Don't Know

May 28, 2015, 8:00am PDT, 11:00am EDT
Recorded in May, 2015


Approximately 62% of cancer patients and survivors return to work within one year after diagnosis. Still, many of them experience physical and/or psychosocial problems at work.

Research into work and cancer, involves three elements: work, cancer, and the individual. We do know a lot about ‘work’ and ‘cancer’. However, there is still a lot we do not know, especially regarding the ‘individual’. Not only demographic characteristics are important, but also individual behavioural determinants, such as expectations.

Research into the influence of these factors on work has been conducted in patients suffering from other chronic diseases, but not in cancer patients and survivors. 

During this webinar, you will learn about:
  • Factors that inhibit or facilitate return to work in cancer patients and survivors
  • Interventions to support patients and survivors to return to work
  • Long-term consequences of diagnosis and treatment that influence cancer patients and survivors at work
  • The role of behavioural determinants in return to work and continuation of working beyond cancer


Saskia Duijts, PhD
Senior Researcher, VU University Medical Center

Dr. Saskia Duijts completed her PhD in occupational epidemiology in 2007, after which she worked as a postdoc at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, in psychosocial oncology. In 2010, she started as a senior researcher at the VU University Medical Center combining both subjects, i.e., cancer and work. Nowadays, she is supervising PhD students in this research area. In 2014, Saskia received a 4-year fellowship from the Dutch Cancer Society to expand her research on cancer and work.


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