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‘I have cancer but I want to work. Working rights of cancer patients’. An initiative of the ABC Global Alliance

Date posted: February 4, 2019

Meeting Report

‘I have cancer but I want to work. Working rights of cancer patients’. An initiative of the ABC Global Alliance¬† 7 November 2018, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.

On 7 November Barbara Wilson took part at an event at the European Parliament in Brussels, organised by the ABC Global Alliance, calling on European politicians and policymakers to implement consistent and flexible policies to enable cancer patients and cancer survivors to return to work.

Barbara had three key messages for the meeting:

  • There must be a consistent EU-wide framework that supports all people with cancer who face discrimination in the workplace.
  • It is possible for most people with cancer, even those who are terminally ill, to continue to work if they wish to do so
  • Information must be given to employers and employees on what to expect during and after cancer treatment and how to manage at work. This means regular communication about the side-effects of treatment and having the flexibility to make adjustments for a gradual and successful return to work

To read the full report of the meeting click here