News and Announcements

News, Announcements and Events

All.Can Patient Survey: ‘Patient insights on cancer care: opportunities for improving efficiency’

Date posted: July 31, 2019

All.Can international have released a new report titled ‘Patient insights on cancer care: opportunities for improving efficiency’.  The report reveals findings from an international survey on the patient perspective of inefficiencies in cancer care. With insights from almost 4,000 patients in more than 10 countries, the report identifies four key areas of opportunity for improvement:

1. Ensure swift, accurate and appropriately delivered diagnosis
2. Improve information-sharing, support and shared decision-making
3. Make integrated multidisciplinary care a reality for all patients
4. Address the financial impact of cancer

You can find the full report here

Language guides to support those with Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer

Date posted: April 12, 2019

What would you say to a friend or patient with advanced or metastatic breast cancer? Do you know what that is and what it means for the person with that diagnosis? In March this year two language guides were published by Novartis which provide practical tips and recommendations about how to talk to patients with either advanced or metastatic breast cancer and/or their relatives.

The two guides represent the outcome of two rounds of consultation with the Patient Community (Breast Cancer patients – various stages) and Breast Cancer Experts (Oncologists, Nurses, Psycho-oncologist), and are meant to facilitate a difficult dialogue around a topic that’s too often a “taboo”.

Read more/download the guides here: Language guide HCP final   Language guide non HCP final

Important initial research findings about the psychological engagement of people returning to work after cancer

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In 2018, WWC supported a research study conducted by our associate Andrew Parsons at the University of Hertfordshire.  Andrew (with his Supervisor Dr Colleen Addicott), presented his initial findings at the British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology meeting in Chester on the 9th January 2019. The title of the talk was “The aftershock of  coming back to work: Work engagement in Cancer Survivors”.

To read about their initial research findings click here

‘Transforming Breast Cancer Together’ Initiative: Manifesto Launch

Date posted: April 10, 2019

Breast cancer is still the leading cause of death in women. Prevention, screening and care must be made a priority on EU and national agendas. We are proud to be part of a European initiative to raise awareness & drive change.

Read the press release and Manifesto, published today, to find out more.


Liz O’Riordan joins Working With Cancer to promote benefits of work during cancer treatment

Date posted: March 20, 2019

 We are delighted to announce that Liz O’Riordan is joining Working With Cancer as an Ambassador.

Liz will be promoting Working With Cancer at events and online, as part of their work in helping cancer patients and their carers manage work and treatment on a practical and emotional level.

Liz was a 40-year-old consultant breast surgeon when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in July 2015. She suddenly realised that she had no idea what it was like to be a patient, despite spending her working life treating the disease. She started an award-winning blog to help doctors and patients see what having breast cancer is really like, in a friendly, informative way ( and now speaks all over the world about her experiences, including a TEDx talk (Jar of Joy), focusing on digital healthcare, self-care, and how to improve the patient experience.

Full details on the appointment can be found here

8th October 2019 – Open Workshop For Employers: How to fully support employees affected by cancer at work

Date posted: March 14, 2019

Changing the conversation about work and cancer

Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer so it’s highly likely that an employee in your organisation will be affected in the near future. It’s easy to think “I’ll wait until it happens” but if it did happen tomorrow how prepared would you feel?

Following the success of our March event, we are pleased to confirm we will be running another Workshop in London on Tuesday 8th October 2019.

The Workshop is designed to equip line managers, team leaders, HR and Occupational Health professionals to:

– Feel confident in handling communication and difficult conversations sensitively and with empathy
– Fully understand how best to support an employee from diagnosis through to a return to work and beyond
– Be aware of legal requirements and how to consider workplace adjustments
– Consider a framework to develop a cancer strategy, policy and action plan

Timing: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm (registration and coffee at 9.30 am)

Venue: Lockton Companies LLP, The St. Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AG

Cost: £250 (+ VAT) or £175 (+ VAT) for charities/social enterprises (Early bird rate of £225 (+ VAT) applies if booked by 30th June 2019)

Further details on the Workshop, and how to register, can be found here.

Terms and Conditions can be found here.

‘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


Transforming Breast Cancer Together: White Paper publication

Date posted: January 29, 2019

The Transforming Breast Cancer Initiative today published a White Paper, which provides a comprehensive evaluation of the status of breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and care across Europe, and identifies concrete actions which would help to ensure equal access and better outcomes for patients across Europe.

To address these challenges, the initiative renewed its ‘Call for Change’, launched in April 2018, which constitute 9 policy tasks aimed at improving breast cancer prevention and care. These include the need to address the differences in cancer care across European Member States, the importance of diagnosing and treating breast cancer in the early stages, the need for support in the workplace for patients suffering from breast cancer, and the unique needs of patients with advanced/metastatic breast cancer.

Working With Cancer is a key participant in the group – which currently includes MEPS Lieve Wierinck (Belgium), Elena Gentile (Italy), and Cristian-Silviu Bușoi (Romania) who have been working on this. To read the White Paper in full click here

War on Cancer Conference

Date posted: November 26, 2018

Barbara Wilson attended the War on Cancer Europe Conference in London on 20 November, and is pictured here with Working With Cancer’s Novartis clients.

L to R:  Liz Barrett (CEO, Novartis Oncology), Kees Roks (Head Region Europe, Novartis Oncology),  Ivana Cattaneo (Director of Public Affairs, Novartis Oncology Europe), Barbara Wilson and Victoria Foote (Head of Patient Relations & Communications, Novartis Oncology Europe).






ASTRiiD – making visible the invisible talent pool

Date posted: October 25, 2018

We’re delighted to introduce a new partner – ASTRiiD – helping people with chronic conditions like cancer to get back into work.

Aiming to connect the millions of people with chronic, often incurable and advanced health conditions with businesses seeking skilled volunteers or staff, ASTRiiD (Available Skills for Training, Refreshing, Improvement, Innovation and Development), is a first-of-its-kind professional matchmaking service.

Find out more about how ASTRiiD works, and how you can register to become a member, here.