News and Announcements

News, Announcements and Events

Lieve Wierinck MEP discusses ‘Transforming Breast Cancer Together’ with Barbara Wilson

Date posted: July 23, 2018

Lieve Wierinck MEP is leading an exciting new initiative in which we are delighted to be participating with the aim of transforming breast cancer care in the EU.  This interview with Lieve is part of the ‘String of Pearls’, a series of initiatives aimed at improving services for women in Europe with breast cancer and advanced breast cancer. The MEPS and organisations working on this issued a ‘Call for Change’ in May this year.

You can read more about Lieve and about the initiative here

WWC announces new research project

Date posted: April 25, 2018

We are delighted to announce a new project in which we are hoping our supporters and coachees will be willing to participate. It’s in a very good cause!

The long-term goal is that the research will provide insights that will enable individuals and employers to facilitate the transition back to work following cancer.

The research is about the psychological engagement of individuals returning to work after cancer treatment and is being undertaken by Andrew Parsons, PhD, a postgraduate student at the University of Hertfordshire. He is a professional colleague,  working as a volunteer coach at the Fountain Centre in Surrey (The Fountain Centre is a charity for cancer patients, their families and carers located in the St Luke’s cancer unit at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford) and has significant experience working with cancer patients and their families.

The aim of the study is to explore the experiences of individuals returning to work after an absence, following cancer.  The study will gather information from questionnaires and semi-structured interviews regarding the experience of planning to return and / or returning to work after completion of treatment. The study is in two parts:

  • Part 1 will be conducted as a web-based questionnaire and should take about 20 mins to complete
  • Part 2 will be confidential interviews with participants using web communications and should take about 30-50 mins

If you wish to access the questionnaire click here

If you wish to take part in an interview please contact Andrew Parsons via email

Transforming Breast Cancer Together: A Call for Change

Date posted: April 4, 2018

Representatives of the three main political groups in the European Parliament have today launched a ‘Call for Change​’ to transform breast cancer care in the EU.   Th​ey call on EU institutions, EU Member States’ authorities and all relevant stakeholders to invest more in breast cancer prevention, treatment and care in order to ensure that breast cancer is screened, diagnosed and treated in ​its ​early stages and to significantly improve the quality of life and emotional well-being of patients and their families.

This Call for Change issues nine policy recommendations which would significantly ameliorate cancer treatment and care in the EU  and is part of the “String of Pearls on Breast Cancer” initiative that aims​ to reaffirm clear objectives to improve services for women in an area of still high unmet medical need. The initiative was ​launched following a successful event in the European Parliament on 8 November 2017.

Any organisation committed to improve cancer care in Europe is welcome to join this common effort, and WWC is pleased to be involved.  Full details on the Call for Change and the detailed recommendations ​can be found ​below, after the press release.​

Transforming Breast Cancer Together – A Call for Change


Workshop for Employers, 18th July 2018: How to fully support employees affected by cancer at work

Date posted: March 20, 2018

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?

We are running a half day Workshop in London on Wednesday 18th July 2018, 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: Schroders, 100 Wood Street, EC2V 7ER

Costs: £250 or £175 for charities/social enterprises (Early bird rate of £225 applies if booked by 30th April 2018)

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

Do your HR policies and processes support employees with cancer?

Date posted: February 8, 2018

Successfully managing an employee with cancer will become a far more common experience for line managers, and one of the most challenging.

Read this article, written by Barbara Wilson for the HR Zone, about the HR policies and processes employers should put in place to support employees with cancer and ensure that they make a successful return to work.

WWC’s Barbara Wilson taking part in follow-up European Parliamentary Event on Breast Cancer

Date posted: January 30, 2018


Barbara Wilson is at the European Parliament in Brussels on 31 January to attend a follow-up session to “An Initiative on Breast Cancer Awareness” Roundtable Discussion, which took place on 8 November 2017.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the concrete follow-up actions for the benefit of Breast Cancer Patients in 2018.   A report from the November session can be found here


Interview with Barbara Wilson – Women in Business Radio Show

Date posted: January 15, 2018

Barbara was a guest on the Women in Business Radio Show on Thursday 11th January where she was interviewed by Sian Murphy.

The interview was packed with information for employers including how to support an employee coping with the physical and psychological side effects of cancer, the practicalities of dealing with chemo-brain and how to talk about cancer at work. There were also lots of top tips both for employers and employees.

Find out more by listening to the full broadcast here

WWC’s Barbara Wilson taking part in European Parliament Round Table Discussion on Breast Cancer

Date posted: October 26, 2017

Working With Cancer is taking part in a policy discussion event being hosted in the European Parliament on 8th November. The event brings together Members of the European Parliament, European Commission, EU member States representatives, experts and stakeholders from the scientific community, civil society and industry to discuss how to join forces in the fight against breast cancer. Barbara Wilson will be joining Elena Gentile (MEP), Karen Benn, Europa Donna Deputy CEO, and Susanne Schaffert, Region Head for Novartis Oncology Region to discuss the future of cancer care in Europe and how to meet the still unmet needs of breast cancer survivors.

Find out more here

Woman & Home Magazine – an interview with Barbara Wilson

Date posted: August 9, 2017

An interview with Barbara Wilson appears in the September issue of Woman & Home magazine.  Barbara talks about what inspired her to set up Working with Cancer, and the support she received from the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).

Read the full article here

Working with Cancer podcast

Date posted: August 1, 2017

Barbara, our Founder, was interviewed recently by Kat Luckock of Share Impact about the work we do at WWC and how she came to set up the Company.

Listen to this podcast about her experience of managing work and cancer, of setting up a social enterprise, and about the work we do to support people affected by cancer, by clicking on this link.