Cancer favors no economic class. The disease afflicts people who work in restaurants, factories, retail establishments and office suites. For many employers, cancer is one of the most costly conditions. Consider the full gamut of workplace issues that a cancer diagnosis brings, some of which are:

  • In a typical commercial population, only 0.68% of members have claims for cancer in a year, yet these claims account for about 10% of all medical costs.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of long-term disability for the ninth consecutive year, accounting for 11.8% of all claims.
  • Employees with cancer often have high rates of absenteeism in the course of their treatment (e.g., hospital visits for chemotherapy and lab visits).
  • Treatment side effects may compromise an employee's ability to perform his or her normal day-to-day duties.




Featured Resources

An Employer’s Guide to Cancer Treatment and Prevention An Employer’s Guide to Cancer Treatment and Prevention
Quick reference guide and assessment designed to help benefits managers by comparing key benefits, such as general medical and pharmacy benefits, to the current benefit set.

Plan Design and Benefit Assessment Tool An Employers Guide to Cancer Treatment and Prevention: Plan Design and Assessment Tool
Designed to help employers assess and design their medical (including behavioral health), pharmacy, and clinical support and condition management benefits.

Cancer in the Workplace: Co-worker Tip Sheet 
This tip sheet is designed to help co-workers with solutions to support their peers whom may be dealing with cancer.



Also of Interest

Blog Post: Is Immunotherapy the Next Big Wave in Cancer Treatment?
In recent years, major breakthrough cancer therapies have entered onto the oncology stage, namely actors in immunotherapy that have shown extraordinary promise.

Caregiving Resources
See all Business Group resources on Caregiving and explore how employers can create an environment that supports employee caregivers.

Advanced Illness and Supportive Care Resources
Access all Business Group resources on Advanced Illness and Supportive Care and learn how employers can support employees and their families as they focus on the relief of patients suffering from serious, complex and terminal illness.

Specialty Pharmacy Management: A Checklist
Provides tips for staying ahead of the curve when it comes to managing specialty pharmacy in plan design.


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