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Newly Diagnosed With Cancer

If you work, whether you are an employee, business owner, or self employed, be cautious telling about your diagnosis right away. There is no legal obligation to tell. Consider taking some time to focus on your condition first.

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You don't have to make a decision right now about whether or not to disclose your health condition to your employer or co-workers. For now, just tell the supervisor or person in HR who needs to know what they need to know to let you have the time you need.

If you need to disclose your condition, talk with a supervisor in human resources. Remind him or her that you expect this information to remain confidential -- at least until you have a chance to decide who you want to tell and when.

Keep in mind that what you tell co-workers is not confidential information.

Look for an advisor at work who has been with the company long enough to know the way people with your diagnosis are treated. She or he can help guide you through the potential minefield. An advisor should be someone you trust not to disclose what you tell.

If you need a change because of your health condition or treatment to enable you to do your job, read our article on accommodations to learn how to get what you need.

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