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Coping with Cancer at Work

Going to work sick is never easy. But going to work with cancer can be quite challenging. Balancing doctor appointments, check ups and treatment schedules with work deadlines can be difficult. Coping with the physical and emotional effects of cancer while also handling tasks at work, can make weekdays tough. So how can you make it through work when you have been diagnosed with cancer? For some, taking sick leave is the best option. For others, continuing to work can be a good distraction. And for some, continuing to work may be the only option.

Here are helpful tips to cope with cancer at work.

Sharing the News of Your Cancer Diagnosis

Sharing the news of your cancer diagnosis can be hard even with the people who are closest to you. Which is why, for some patients, they prefer not to say anything. For others, sharing your cancer diagnosis will be inevitable. In almost all cases, sharing the news with your boss is a must. Understanding how to present the news and anticipating normal questions will help you. Remember that you don’t need to get very specific about your condition; just the basic details are all that you need to share in the workplace. Common questions employers might ask when you share your cancer diagnosis include the following:

  • How long do you expect to be able to work?
  • Are you able to continue doing all of your job tasks?
  • Do you need to take time off right away, and how long?
  • What specific accommodations will you need?

Because each person and job is different, each answer to these questions will be unique to your situation. Depending on how physically active your work is, you may need to take off more time to recover or need other people to help you with certain job tasks. Just remember what is most important is your health.  Listen to your body and give yourself the proper rest it needs.

When sharing the news with others colleagues in your workplace, prepare yourself for all possible reactions. Some co-workers will respond to a cancer diagnosis better than others. Keep in mind that this is your diagnosis, and you have the right to present it to others they way you want or not at all, if you choose.

Work Choices

As you go through your cancer journey, career goals that you once had may change. Many patients find that work goals and career dreams may look totally different as they progress through cancer treatment. This is okay and can be life-changing for many. Let this new perspective on life guide you to the next path in your career and life. Susan Hilburger, cancer survivor and patient of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, had a life-changing experience just like this. Read more about her story and drastic career change after her cancer diagnosis here.

Tips for Working During Cancer Treatment

Sometimes there is no other option, but to work during cancer treatment. This can be difficult as some days will inevitably be harder than others. The following are a few tips from American Cancer Society to keep you strong during work with a cancer diagnosis:

  • Plan chemo treatments towards the end of day and end of the week so you can give yourself more time to recover.
  • Explore working from home options. Your boss may be open to this idea, and there are many internet jobs available for those who need to work from home.
  • Take your time at home to rest so you can spend more energy at work. Let your family help you with daily household chores.
  • Unless there is a reason not to, tell your closest co-workers about your cancer diagnosis. They can provide support and might be able to help you with your workload.
  • Keep your boss up-to-date about your cancer treatment. Let him/her know when your cancer treatment appointments are and if/when you might need to take a few days to rest from a particularly difficult treatment.
  • Make a detailed list of your workload and job duties, so you can help others get the work done if you cannot do it alone.

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we want to provide you with the support you need before, during and after cancer treatment. Our award-winning multidisciplinary practice has been dedicated to providing the best cancer treatment possible for more than 40 years. Contact us to learn more about our patient resources and visit our website at to learn more.  

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Four Ways You Can Help Yourself Get Through a Cancer Diagnosis

There are plenty of things not to do when diagnosed with cancer. Don’t suffer in silence. Don’t blame yourself. Don’t wait to get treatment. And don’t believe that cancer is a death sentence because it’s not. With 14 million cancer survivors alive today, there are more people living through a cancer diagnosis and treatment than ever before. The following are a few things you should do to help yourself get through a cancer diagnosis.

Ways You Can Help Yourself after a Cancer Diagnosis

Find and use a support system that works for you.

Whether you find self-help groups, spend more time with your family and loved ones, or use spiritual guidance to help you, there are many ways you can find the support you need during a cancer diagnosis. Don’t allow yourself to suffer in silence when there are people who can and will support you throughout your diagnosis and treatment.

Find a doctor that you trust.

While you go through your cancer journey, your doctor will be right there next to you, helping you make the best decision for your cancer treatment and overall health. This person should be someone whom you can be completely open with and be able to ask all the questions you need in order to fully understand your diagnosis. At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, our physicians and staff provide each of our patients the care, compassion, and support they need. We will spend all the time our patients need to help them fully understand their disease and provide them with the best treatment options available.

Take it one day at a time.

When diagnosed with cancer, you may not know what the future will hold. That’s why it is so important to take it one day at a time. Worrying won’t cure your cancer. It might even cause unnecessary stress, so try to take steps to alleviate your stress such as meditation or Reiki to help you relax. To make cancer feel less overwhelming try to remain calm and take it one day at a time.

Be pro-active about your health.

It is so important to take action as quickly as possible after a cancer diagnosis. Keep records of all your doctors, medications, dates of treatment, lab results, x-rays, scans, symptoms, side effects and more. Staying informed and being pro-active will help you feel more in control of the situation and will help get you through a cancer diagnosis.

No one is ever expecting to hear they have been diagnosed with cancer. But when you are faced with a cancer diagnosis, we these four steps will be useful and help you  to stay positive and feel better when facing the fight of your life.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centers, is an award-winning multidisciplinary practice dedicated to giving our patients everything they need in their fight against cancer. We participate in 170 active clinical trials each year and have helped develop more than 60 FDA-approved cancer treatments. Visit our website at to learn more about our cancer treatments and patient resources to help you throughout your cancer journey.  

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After a Cancer Diagnosis, What Happens Next?

From your very first appointment following a cancer diagnosis, the physicians and staff at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada will always take the time needed to help you understand the disease as well as your various treatment options. We want you to be in total control of what happens next.

Cancer refers to a group of more than 100 diseases. Each cancer is different for each person. At Comprehensive, nurses to MAs all understand that it takes time to process a cancer diagnosis and will take that time to ensure each of our patients understands what they need in order to have the best care possible, from navigating insurance to social workers.

After a Cancer Diagnosis

Once cancer has been diagnosed, you may be referred to an oncologist. At Comprehensive, we have specialists dedicated to medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology and breast surgery. During your appointment, make sure you take the time to ask about your disease and understand important medical language with which you may be unfamiliar. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and consider bringing a family member or friend with you to help listen and take notes. We won’t leave until all your questions and concerns have been answered.

During this time, you and your oncologist will also decide the best course of treatment for you and your disease. You may ask about clinical trials that are available. At Comprehensive, we participate in over 170 active clinical trials annually and have helped develop more than 60 FDA-approved cancer treatments.

After you know all you need to about your cancer diagnosis and have agreed upon a treatment method with your doctor, the next step is to reach out for support.

One in two men and one in four women will be diagnosed with cancer at one point in their lifetime. You are not alone as you cope with and fight cancer. There are others who have been there before and are willing to share their cancer stories and messages of hope that can bring you solace during your fight against cancer. Find support from family, friends, and community resources. In Las Vegas, there are many community resources available to help support you through your cancer diagnosis and treatment. View our Community Support page to see all the resources available.

As receive your cancer diagnosis and go through treatment, continue to find the support you need to cope with your disease. Express your emotions through writing and meditating. Keep up with your cancer treatment progress and next steps that you and your doctor plan to take together. And remember, you are not alone in your fight against cancer.

Your Ally During a Cancer Diagnosis

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is a multidisciplinary oncology treatment practice located in Southern Nevada. As an affiliate of The US Oncology Network and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are devoted to providing the best cancer care, cancer support, and cancer resources for every patient and their families.

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Cancer-fighting Healthy Recipes to Try: Antioxidant Muffins

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we want to be your biggest ally in the fight against cancer. We also want to be your resource for healthy eating so you can prevent and fight cancer on your own. Preventing and fighting cancer means taking part in healthy living activities such as eating healthy.

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, and some say it is the most important. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast that helps fight cancer will jump-start your immune system and give you the energy you need to start your day.

Antioxidant Muffins: Cancer-fighting Recipe


Antioxidant muffins are an excellent morning meal for those who love to eat morning pastries. An antioxidant substance is one that inhibits oxidation from potentially damaging agents that live in the body. According to Medline Plus, antioxidants prevent or delay some types of damage to the body’s cells. These antioxidant muffins are an excellent source of cancer-fighting foods for those who don’t want to simply eat antioxidant rich fruits.


1 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup pecans, chopped

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup blueberries

1/4 cup almond milk

1 large egg


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, pecans, and salt.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat an egg with almond milk.

Combine dry and wet ingredients together.

Pour batter into paper muffin cups.

Bake for 30-40 minutes then move muffins to a cooling rack.

Serve warm and delicious.


Comprehensive Cancer Centers has been helping residents of Southern Nevada prevent and fight cancer for over 40 years. Our clinical research program has more than 170 active clinical trials annually and our dedication to helping patients heal and live healthy lives is our number one priority.  View all the cancer support and resources we offer and the latest cancer-fighting diet recipes. View our cancer Diet and Nutrition page for more helpful information on healthy eating to fight and beat cancer.

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Fighting Cancer with Advanced Cancer Treatments: Maura’s Story

Maura was originally diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2008. Her doctors at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada recognized the severity of the disease and tailored a treatment plan specifically to her which included chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.

Fortunately, Maura had an excellent response and had no evidence of disease upon completing treatment.

However,  a year later, the cancer returned and metastasized to her lungs.

The team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers didn’t give up, and neither did Maura. She was again treated with chemotherapy. Then, the doctors at Comprehensive Cancer Centers decided to use an advanced form of radiation therapy – CyberKnife® Radiosurgery – to go after the nodule in her lungs.

CyberKnife® at Summerlin, which is exclusive to Comprehensive Cancer Centers, is a painless, non-invasive treatment that uses computer-operated robotics and image guidance technology to treat hard-to-reach tumors. It tracks and destroys tumors in the body or brain while accounting for the patient’s breathing and requires no anesthesia and offers shorter recovery times.

Today, Maura is cancer free and used her fighting spirit to earn her third degree black belt in Taekwondo.

By utilizing advanced cancer treatments, state-of-the-art technology and groundbreaking research, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers patients like Maura more options when they are in the fight of their life.

Maura did not expect to get her life back, but with the care and compassion of Comprehensive Cancer Centers, she is cancer free. Dr. Heather Allen, medical oncologist, explains that “cancer may take bits of your body, but it cannot take your heart.” Maura kept her heart, her hope and her courage. She beat cancer with the assistance of Comprehensive Cancer Centers, and we will continue to support her through her journey to live a healthy and happy life.  

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The Importance of Clinical Trials

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we emphasize the importance of clinical trials in cancer treatment. With 170 clinical trials available each year, every patient has access to an array of clinical trials and will be assessed for the possibility of clinical trials, if necessary. Dr. James Sanchez explains further:

“Even existing patients that are undergoing treatment, if they fail the treatment or if we are to the point where all options of therapy have been exhausted, there is always the potential of a clinical trial that we can turn to and use on our patients.”

Cancer research at Comprehensive Cancer Centers is a critical component in expanding treatment options for people with all types of cancer. Clinical research studies are experimental treatments for patients that offer specific advantages for their cancer type. The benefits of participating in clinical research include access to treatments not currently on the market, closer monitoring and testing throughout treatment, and the ability to provide valuable information that can help save other people’s lives. Each completed clinical trial brings us one step closer to finding effective cancer treatments that save lives.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has been working tirelessly to provide the most effective cancer treatment in Southern Nevada since 1974. This dedication has ensured our development of one of the largest Phase I clinical research programs in Nevada, including cancer research programs for breast cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies, genitourinary malignancies, and skin cancer.

At Comprehensive, we’ve participated in over 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials annually, and have helped to develop more than 60 FDA-approved cancer treatments. Our national affiliations include The US Oncology Network and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Learn more about clinical trials available through our cancer research program and get answers to common questions in our Cancer Research FAQ. Visit our website at to learn more about and to make an appointment for you or your loved one.

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Ways to Support the Local Cancer Community

Cancer is a disease that affects everyone, and there are several ways to support those affected by cancer both locally and nationally. As more people survive cancer, more people can enjoy life after a cancer diagnosis  and give back to the community that supported them through their cancer journey.

If you are a cancer survivor looking for ways to give back to your local community and show support for the fight against cancer, consider showing your local support in the following ways.

Support Your Local Community

Follow and participate in local cancer support events in Las Vegas. You can follow local cancer resources in Las Vegas by visiting Cancer Matters, your cancer companion, in Las Vegas. Resources on this page include cancer medical services, counseling services, financial assistance resources, local non-profit organizations, legal assistance, transportation assistance, and more.

Keep up with the annual Cancer Awareness Calendar. This calendar will remind you of all the cancer awareness campaigns happening throughout the year. Some general cancer campaign dates to pay attention to include the following:

  • National Cancer Prevention Month (February)
  • World Health Day (April 7)
  • Cancer Research Month (May)
  • National Cancer Survivors Day (June 5)
  • World Cancer Congress (October 31-November 3)

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada supports a wide range of local cancer-fighting organizations in Las Vegas. See our list of all community partners and support with CCCN or view our national research affiliations.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been fighting cancer in Nevada for 40 years. Today, we participate in 170 Phase, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials annually, and have helped to develop more than 60 FDA-approved cancer treatments. Our dedication to the southern Nevada community is unparalleled. We are proud to continue developing strong local community relationships so that way we can offer the best services to cancer patients and cancer survivors in southern Nevada.

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Famous Celebrities Who Beat Cancer

Cancer touches everyone. It does not discriminate. It affects mothers, fathers, children, friends, acquaintances, politicians and even celebrities. It can be a tough journey for someone diagnosed with cancer as well as their loved ones going through the battle with them. However, cancer survival rates have improved significantly over the years, which means there are so many more cancer survivors than ever before. reports that approximately 14.5 million people were living beyond a cancer diagnosis in 2014, and that number is expected to reach nearly 19 million by 2024. The following is a list of celebrities who survived cancer and continue to live healthy lives beyond a cancer diagnosis.

Celebrities Who Survived Cancer

Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy in 2008 after doctors found cancerous lumps. She is currently involved in breast cancer prevention and research, and she even started her own foundation.

President Carter

President Jimmy Carter announced he was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015. He stated that the melanoma had spread to his liver and brain and he was undergoing treatment that included surgery, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. He recently announced that he no longer needs cancer treatment thanks to the new immunotherapy treatment.  

Michael C. Hall

The Dexter actor was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 39. He underwent treatment the day after finishing filming the fourth season of his hit show. He is currently in remission  

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw is a former NBC news anchor. He was recently diagnosed with bone cancer, called multiple myeloma. His doctors say his treatment is making good progress, and Tom made a statement saying “I remain the luckiest guy I know.”

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew discovered he had cancer in 2011. He had surgery to remove his prostate in 2013 and was able to return to work just 10 days after the prostatectomy.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013. When he was diagnosed, he took an Instagram to encourage everyone to “get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!”

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow battled and beat breast cancer in 2006. The diagnosis changed her life, and the following year she adopted a son.

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne battled colon cancer in 2002. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy, and she has since started the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program.

Kathy Bates

The Titanic star was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012. She since announced that she is now in remission.

Tom Green

The funny man was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2000. He shared his treatment experience by having MTV film the process. The one-hour special premiered on the station the same year.

Robert De Niro

In 2003, Robert De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a successful surgery on his prostate, which left him cancer free.

Rod Stewart

Rod was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1999. In 2000, he underwent surgery and had to re-learn how to sing after the operation.

Olivia Newton-John

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and has since recovered. She continues to donate large portions of her music profits to cancer organizations.

Stories of survival are meant to inspire us to continue fighting. At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, we will continue to fight for our patients each and every day. It’s our mission is to help heal you and to be your biggest ally in the fight against cancer. Visit our website, or call us at 702-952-3350 for more information.


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4 Ways to Help Someone With Cancer

Everyone is fighting a battle most people know nothing about. This is true with those diagnosed with cancer, too. How can you help someone with a cancer diagnosis? More than just being supportive, here are just four ways you can help someone diagnosed with cancer:

Ways You Can Help a Loved One Diagnosed With Cancer

1. Provide a ride to and from cancer treatment.

When diagnosed with cancer, there are bound to be repeated visits to the doctor. These visits include before diagnosis, after diagnosis, before treatment, during treatment, after treatment and so on. Depending on the cancer treatment, some may not be able to drive themselves to and from appointments. This is where you can help out. Giving them a ride and offering support before and after treatment will significantly help someone diagnosed with cancer.

2. Run errands.

When someone is going through cancer treatment, the severity of treatment can often leave people feeling too tired or not well enough to run errands. You can help by buying groceries, picking up dry cleaning, getting the mail, and other small tasks that might require a lot of effort for them but little effort for you.

3.     Coordinate visits by groups and other supporters.

A cancer diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming. Sometimes, it’s great to have visitors. Sometimes, it’s important to rest. You can help someone diagnosed with cancer by coordinating visits during the times of the day or week that is best for them.

4.     Donate to cancer charity organizations in their name.

Send donations to local charities, national organizations, local blood drives and other special events happening in your community. Show your friend how you are making a difference by donating in their name.  

When a friend or close loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you can do more than offer sympathetic words and hugs. You can offer support by doing some of the everyday tasks that are sometimes more difficult to do with a cancer diagnosis. If they need a ride or the dishes are dirty, you can step up and help. If they are low on food or are running out of dog food, you can take care of it with a lot more ease. The American Cancer Society offers several ideas on how you can help a friend or loved one along their road to recovery.

If you know of someone diagnosed with cancer or need advice on how to help support the fight against cancer, reach out to Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network. Comprehensive Cancer Centers is ready to provide the support and care needed for those with a cancer diagnosis.

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