New Workplace Options Resource Kit Supports Cancer Patients at Home and at Work. Offered through EAPs, unique corporate benefit assists cancer patients through their illness, and assists with the management of related expenses.

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The devastating impact of cancer on the individual and their loved ones is well understood Â? almost every American has been touched in some way by the disease. Less known, is the financial cost that cancer imposes on society Â? $110 billion in lost productivity and $60 billion in direct medical expenses.

– The devastating impact of cancer on the individual and their loved ones is well understood – almost every American has been touched in some way by the disease. Less known, is the financial cost that cancer imposes on society – $110 billion in lost productivity and $60 billion in direct medical expenses.

Workplace Options, the leading provider of work/life programs to corporate America through partnerships with employee assistance (EAP) companies, today announced it has introduced the Cancer Awareness and Support Kit; an interactive information and assistance product for cancer patients and their families. Each kit is specifically tailored to the type of cancer they are experiencing.

At the heart of the new kit is award-winning cancer education software. Developed in conjunction with more than 300 oncologists and health professionals in Canada, the United States and Europe, the series has won numerous awards and has been certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The series is available in 24 titles, each offering over 25 hours of content that give users a comprehensive understanding of all the major forms of cancer and their treatment. Featuring interactive graphics, 3D anatomical representations, animations and video interviews, the titles cover prevention and early detection, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care, and bring clarity to complex ideas and procedures.

Written in clear and accessible language, each interactive CD-ROM gives patients and their caregivers the information they need to understand their specific type of cancer and its treatment, participate actively in their own care and communicate effectively with their health care team. The CD can also be used in the workplace to educate work colleagues and managers.

In addition to the interactive content, each kit also contains:

  • a guidebook for patients and caregivers to help manage the practical aspects of the illness
  • a personal journal
  • a relaxation audio CD and aromatherapy bath salts
  • a collection of tip sheets and other educational materials

The Cancer Awareness and Support Kits are offered in conjunction with Workplace Options' resource and referral services. This natural augmentation gives patients and their caregivers the ability to speak with trained consultants to help them locate community resources, support groups and other necessary services.

"Workplace Options is proud to offer this first-of-its-kind resource for cancer patients and their loved ones. Time and time again, science validates the positive benefits of education and knowledge in achieving a successful prognosis", said Alan King, Workplace Options' chief operating officer. "Our Cancer Awareness and Support kits are designed to bring together the latest information in a clear and concise manner. Together with the practical assistance of our work/life consultants, they provide a total envelop of care."

In addition to the patient, the employer also benefits from the new kits by:

  • supporting managers and work teams, who often feel a sense of stress and uselessness when watching a fellow employee struggle with cancer.
  • reducing healthcare costs directly, since studies show that knowledgeable patients who actively participate in their medical decisions achieve better function and outcomes.

The Cancer Awareness and Support kits join the 16 other titles that are currently part of the Workplace Options" Advantage(sm) Work/Life service.

Employers, EAPs and jounalists are encouraged to contact Workplace Options for more details.

About Workplace Options

Workplace Options is the largest provider of work/life programs to corporate America, through partnerships with employee assistance (EAP) companies. The company delivers a customized work/life product to EAPs who in turn offer employers an integrated work/life EAP employee benefit.

Founded more than 20 years ago, Workplace Options delivers its services exclusively through EAPs and other third-party organizations. The company is recognized for its innovative web delivery capabilities, flexibility and affordable pricing models.

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