Modern Healthcare and other news publications have recently written about a free mobile patient app, Belong, that is providing a platform for cancer patients to connect and explore ways of improving quality of life. The American Cancer Society and Colorectal Cancer Canada are using the app to connect with patients, which was launched in 2015 by two company executives who had lost relatives to cancer. “Belongers” can share information, connect with clinicians and detail their treatment progress. The app’s biggest success has been the “Belongers” ability to share meaningful emotional support.
The American Cancer Society reminds us that more skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Most are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, most of which come from exposure to the sun. One thing to remember is that you don’t have to be spending a day at the pool to be at serious risk. Simply staying in the shade will make a huge difference. If you do want to catch some rays, slip on a shirt, wear a hat and apply sunscreen with a SPF value of 30 or more. UV blocking sunglasses will help protect the delicate skin around your eyes and help you avoid certain eye diseases as well.
An article talking about what one company’s cancer support program hit home recently because unfortunately, far too many of us have been impacted by cancer. At this company, oncology nurses are engaged to help families touched by cancer – from helping patients find providers to obtaining second opinions, facilitating transmission of medical records, to educating families about how to talk with children about cancer and more.
At this particular company, when an employee or dependent is diagnosed with cancer, a support team reaches out to establish contact. If an employee needs to be with a critically ill family member, up to two weeks of paid time off is made available. Subsidized in-home back-up adult care is even offered to employees who need to be at work but still serve as a caregiver for a parent or spouse with cancer.
Cancer support can be as easy as providing easy access to screenings, such as mammograms, as a preventive measure. Depending on available resources and the needs of your workforce, a cancer support program could do a lot to improve the well being of your workforce and boost employee retention.