What is Work Stride?

An employee benefit program providing comprehensive information and nurse navigator support to help employees and managers understand and navigate the cancer journey.

Why Work Stride

For 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women, life-threatening cancer is in the future. Many of us will be working at the time of diagnosis, all hoping for a cure and that our lives will be as normal as possible as we go through treatment and strive for that cure.

Work Stride: Managing Cancer at Work is a low-cost, high-impact employee benefit program that enables organizations to help their employees prevent cancer, recognize the early warning signs of the disease, and understand and manage cancer treatment. This approach keeps employees informed, engaged, and feeling supported.

Provides employees support:
  • Talking to manager and colleagues about a diagnosis
  • Understanding their cancer-related health care benefits
  • Recommending cancer-related government subsidies
  • Identifying risk factors and early warning signs
  • Working during treatment
  • Managing life as a caregiver
  • Recognizing the value of regular cancer screenings

The Human Touch

A key component of Work Stride is the oncology nurse navigator. The nurse navigator—who is available by email, phone and video—is specially trained to provide information, support and guidance to employees and managers on topics including early detection and screening, managing a cancer diagnosis, balancing treatment with work and family responsibilities, understanding cancer’s financial impact, caregiving, and survivorship.

All Johns Hopkins workplace oncology nurse navigators are certified by the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators

Watch this short video to learn more about the role of the nurse navigator.

The Role of the Nurse Navigator

How It Works

Key features of the Work Stride: Managing Cancer at Work program.

About the program developers

Lillie D. Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S.

Lillie D. Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S., has worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983. She is the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer and, since 1997, has been the administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. She also serves as the director of Cancer Survivorship Programs, at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, at Johns Hopkins, and is a professor of Surgery and Oncology, in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A two-time breast cancer survivor, Lillie has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the world. The author of 15 books and more than 250 articles on cancer care and a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of cancer and cancer survivorship, Lillie is the breast cancer consultant for ABC News and Good Morning America, and she is consulted regularly by NBC’s Today Show and CNN.

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Terry Langbaum, M.A.S.

Terry Langbaum, M.A.S., has worked at Johns Hopkins for more than 40 years. From 2001 to 2017, Terry served as the chief administrative officer of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. During this time, she worked with Professor Lillie Shockney on cancer survivorship initiatives, and together they developed a program to help Johns Hopkins employees who had been diagnosed with cancer. The program was recognized as a best practice for cancer care by external organizations, including the Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. By 2016, Terry and Lillie had developed the program for use by companies outside of Johns Hopkins. Today, Managing Cancer at Work is being offered as an employee benefit by corporations across the country.


Jocelyn Witherspoon

“This organization is so great for opening up a program like this…if [I didn’t] have the support to go through [cancer treatment], then honestly, I don’t know what would have happened.  I am truly, truly grateful.”

Jocelyn Witherspoon
Bonnie Windsor

“I can’t tell you how many times employees come to me and thank me for having this benefit. We knew there was a need, but we had no idea how great a need until we actually put the program in place.”

Bonnie Windsor
Senior HR Manager

“[The nurse navigator] is a compassionate and knowledgeable resource [providing] outstanding advice and council.”

Marie Dieter

“We’re able to self-educate and formulate our management strategies with information that is compliant with HR policy. [We] shared with employees the things we learned and had frank and open conversations with them to ensure
their needs are met.”

Marie Dieter


CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Accreditation
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer

Innovative Systems Change Award
Maryland Cancer Collaborative (MCC)

Gold Winner
Digital Health Awards

Outstanding Website
Internet Advertising Competition Awards

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