Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials, and resources.
Triage Cancer hosts free online and in-person educational events across the country. Triage Cancer also develops educational materials and resources on cancer-related legal and practical issues, such as Quick Guides and Checklists, charts of state laws, and animated videos. Triage Cancer also offers an educational blog on substantive issues, as well as CancerFinances.org, which helps people navigate finances after a cancer diagnosis. In addition, the Legal & Financial Navigation Program provides one-on-one assistance to individuals diagnosed with cancer, caregivers, and health care professionals who are contacting us on behalf of their patients.
What are Cancer-Related Legal Issues?
A cancer diagnosis can be a life altering event, not only for the individual diagnosed, but also for an individual’s family, friends, caregivers, and community of support. Cancer-related legal issues can be any issues that arise as a result of a cancer diagnosis, both for the individual who has been diagnosed, as well as caregivers. The most common cancer-related legal issues include employment, health insurance options and navigation, disability insurance, government benefits, consumer rights and finances, and estate planning and medical decision-making.
Under the supervision of Triage Cancer’s CEO and COO, who are both cancer rights attorneys, fellows will support Triage Cancer’s delivery of cancer-related legal programs and services. Fellows will have the opportunity to provide education on cancer-related legal issues, learn client interviewing skills, conduct legal and policy research, and write about a variety of cancer-related legal issues, such as insurance, employment, health care, disability, government benefits, estate planning, and consumer law. Students may also work with Triage Cancer’s staff attorneys.
Participate in the Legal & Financial Navigation Program, research statutes, regulations, policies, legislation, and case law at the state and federal level. Synthesize complex legal concepts for lay audiences.
Possible projects may include:
- Completing intake interviews
- Performing research on the various issues callers face, both for legal and practical steps an individual may take
- Explain complex legal concepts and resources to callers
- Drafting correspondence with callers
- Drafting content for educational materials and organization websites
- Contributing to published works,
- Writing blogs and articles,
- Researching and creating content for educational presentations
- Drafting policy white papers and journal articles
- Representing Triage Cancer at community educational events
- Presenting at cancer community educational events
This agency is approved to host Graduate Fellows.