TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2018) — After spending more than three decades working in the elementary school system, it’s easy to see that Cathy Bishop loves her job. Pursuing her passion gave her a sense of purpose, but that reason to wake up in the morning almost disappeared 18 months before her retirement date due to a devastating colon cancer diagnosis.
Cancer is the leading cause of long-term disability among employees, costing organizations $264 billion a year in medical care and lost productivity. In fact, 12 percent of an employer’s total medical spend is attributed to cancer-related expenses.
A supervisor initially told Bishop that she would have to go out on medical leave, but she continued her career during chemotherapy with medical clearance from her physician. She did have to take two weeks off of work prior to surgery and spent the summer break recovering. Bishop remained out of work for the first three months of the next school year thanks to colleagues who donated their vacation time, but not all patients have that support in the workplace.
For the first time, Moffitt Cancer Center is opening its doors to give Tampa Bay area businesses and employers across the state insight into the impact of cancer care on the workforce.
On Feb. 5, local employers also have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in cancer research and patient care including:
- Impact of diagnosis and treatment on patient outcomes
- Employee productivity, quality of life, and return to work during cancer treatment
- Innovation in cancer care including personalized medicine and CAR T therapy
As for Bishop, she is feeling well. She returned to work and retired at the end of the school year as she planned to do before getting cancer. She still volunteers at the school and works part time in retail.
Moffitt Employer Forum
WHERE: Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
WHEN: Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
COST: Free (Registration is required). Moffitt will provide a light breakfast, lunch, networking and tours.
Please visit www.MOFFITT.org/EmployerForum for more details and to register.
About Moffitt Cancer Center Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is listed as one of the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.