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When an employee is stricken with cancer, employers can help in key ways. (Photo: AP)

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is tough—and when an employee gets the bad news, there are difficult times ahead for both employee and boss, particularly if the employer doesn’t know how to handle the situation.

A report from the Society for Human Resource Management offers suggestions on employer dos and don’ts when an employee has been diagnosed with cancer. It cites Heidi Bimrose, director of health and productivity at insurance provider Unum Group, who got the bad news herself and learned firsthand how important the employer’s behavior can be.

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