A social enterprise helping people affected by cancer to return to work.
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Managing Cancer and Work
We help both employees and employers to manage cancer and work. We advise employers on how to successfully manage cancer in the workplace, and we advise individuals affected by cancer on returning to work, remaining in work or finding employment at any stage during or after cancer treatment. Our work with commercial organisations subsidises our work with many cancer charities. Find out more by watching a short film about the work that we do
There are around 600,000 people working with cancer in the UK. This number is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years.
For those affected by cancer, work is important. A job can restore a sense of normality and wellbeing as well contributing to financial independence, but many cancer survivors find returning to work a struggle as they deal with cancer’s short or longer term side effects.
In 2012 a Macmillan survey showed that although over 80% of those who were working when diagnosed with cancer thought it important to continue working, 47% had to give up work or change their roles as a result of their diagnosis.
For carers, things can be just as difficult. Few employers have a carers’ policy and many carers are hesitant to ask for time off work in case it affects their employment prospects.
Employers often find it tough too – knowing the right thing to say and when, and what to do. Getting it wrong can prove expensive or significantly damage your company’s reputation.