Changing the conversation about work and cancer

We have launched a groundbreaking new employer survey of work and cancer in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies.

The aim of the ‘Bevan Employer and Cancer Survey’ is to inform employers about how best to support employees working with cancer and transitioning back to work after active treatment. It will illuminate continuing gaps in service provision, and enable employers to develop services which will make a significant difference to the wellbeing of their employees affected by cancer.

The survey is designed to be completed by UK-based professionals with senior HR responsibilities or managerial staff in smaller enterprises who might also perform HR tasks.

If you are not in a position to complete the survey, we would be grateful if you would bring it to the attention of your HR team or the person in your organisation who is responsible for HR.

It only takes 10 minutes to answer and the deadline for completion is close of play on Friday 26 April. The survey can be accessed using this link:

Managing Cancer and Work

Have you just been diagnosed with cancer and you’re worried about whether you can continue to work? Or do you have a close relative affected by cancer and you want to know how you can adjust your working patterns to care for them. Or are you an employer researching what to do when a member of your staff is affected by cancer, or looking to develop a policy to support staff affected by cancer?

We are here to support you. Working With Cancer® helps employees, employers, the self-employed, job seekers and carers to manage cancer and work. We are dedicated to professionally guiding businesses to support employees who are impacted by cancer. Our trainers, coaches and policy advisors are all senior professionals from a wide range of industries who have experienced cancer and bring that lived experience and insight to their support.

We coach, train and advise employers, including health professionals, on how to successfully manage cancer in the workplace, Our skilled and supportive experts will ensure every organisation has the right tools, knowledge and guidance to support their staff in full compliance with employment law.

We also coach and guide individuals affected by cancer (including carers) on managing work, returning to work, remaining in work or finding employment at any stage during or after cancer treatment, including those living with advanced, secondary or terminal cancer

Put our lived experience to work so you, or your team, can better work with cancer

There are around 900,000 people of working age living with cancer in the UK. This number is expected to increase to 1,150,00 by 2030. 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.

Download the Summary of Key Findings from the Cancer & Employment Survey Report which was published by The Institute of Employment Studies and Working With Cancer on 4th February 2022.

A survey in 2012 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. Another survey in 2016 showed that 20% faced discrimination and 35% had negative experiences.

For working 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 right can significantly enhance an employer’s reputation.

1 in 2 employees with a cancer diagnosis are afraid to speak with their employers about it.

We want to end the stigma and raise awareness so that more employers take the pledge to support #workingwithcancer.

Access the pledge here 👇🏻


Help support the #WorkingWithCancer Publicis campaign of which we are a proud partner.❤️

Lend your support to end the stigma and make the pledge here👇

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There is still time for #HRManagers, #HRDs and #employers with HR responsibilities to complete our survey to help #employees living and #working with #cancer. We know this is a difficult and sensitive topic – so we really value your time and input @WorkWithCancer

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