Cancer and Careers Resume Review Service

back to work after cancer

Going back to work after young adult cancer brings many challenges.  How to talk about that hole in your resume?  How or if to disclose your cancer diagnosis/treatment?  And so much more.  Cancer and Careers is here to help!

Cancer and Careers offers a free service giving personalized feedback on your resume from one of our professional career coaches. For this service to be of the greatest value to you, they recommend reading through their articles and sample resumes or downloading a free copy of their Job Search Toolkit (all on their website!), then updating your resume based on the best practices suggested, before submitting your resume for review.

The service is completely free of charge to cancer patients and survivors!

Has Cancer Impacted You In The Workplace?

work after cancer

Have you changed careers or exited the workforce since your diagnosis?  Did you want to but were unable?

A new study is currently seeking participants to help uncover why 33% of working aged cancer survivors exit the workforce within 5 years of diagnosis and why others, who remained in the workforce, have changed careers. Although 89% of working‐aged cancer survivors are back in the workforce 2 years after their diagnosis, at the 5 year mark, only 67% of working‐aged cancer survivors remain in the workforce. This number does not account for those who have changed careers.

Our end goal is to develop best practices for employers so they may better assist their employees impacted by cancer both during and post‐treatment.

To participate in a short online survey, follow this link or call (406.994.6198) or email ( for an electronic link.

Please feel free to contact Robyn with any questions or for more information.

Still Good – Working After Cancer

working after cancer

Life is not the same as it was before cancer. It is much less certain than it was, but I enjoy my life so much more because I have felt in every cell in my body that life is fragile and fleeting. I watch leaves budding on the barren trees of winter, and I marvel at the persistence of life. When my daughter is having a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store, I say, “Thank you, God, for letting me be here to see this.”

Before cancer, I was a workaholic. It’s an inherited trait from my father. I cared too much about trying to make things perfect and maintaining a certain standard that my last job nearly killed me. I was up at 5:00am, at work by 6:30am, and I’d work through breaks and lunch and at home. For days at a time, I wouldn’t drink anything during my workday but coffee, and because I wasn’t eating proper meals, I was eating way too many desk chocolates. Because of the caffeine, even when it was time to rest, I couldn’t get a good night’s sleep, and pretty soon thereafter came cancer.

Flash forward to my life where I am currently showing no evidence of disease and my daughter is getting ready to turn five and start kindergarten. Once she starts “big school” there will be no real reason for me to remain a stay-at-home mom, so I decided to dip my toe back into the employment pool.

I knew with great certainty that I didn’t want to go back to the same type of work that I was doing before–at least not right away. When I think back at my time at my last job, I feel pretty shell-shocked. Also, due to my newly reorganized priorities, I don’t want a job that comes with homework. I just want to hang my work hat up at the end of the day and enjoy my time with my family in the evenings.

Filling in job applications felt weird. Why did you leave your last job? Well…I…got…cancer… I wondered how many employers might stop reading right there, but I figured it was better to be honest. It usually is.

It was a huge relief when I started getting called in to do interviews, and strangely enough the cancer never came up in a single one. It made me wonder if they didn’t read my application all the way, or if it just didn’t matter…

In any case, I’m happy to report that I’m just a little broken, but still good. I’m employable. I can still make a difference in the lives of the people I work with, and I can still do great work without killing myself in the process.

#worklifebalance #wherethereislifethereishope

Have you tried working after cancer?  Tell us about your own experience!