Changing the conversation about work and cancer


Being able to work with or after cancer is an unresearched area but one of increasing importance to our society. Because of this Working With Cancer has partnered with the Institute of Employment Studies and Dr Liz O’Riordan, Breast Cancer Consultant Surgeon to develop a survey which will enable us to understand the challenges cancer survivors have faced managing work and cancer. Its purpose is to help us understand better the difficulties people face and which adjustments, actions or behaviours will be more or less helpful.

The questionnaire is to be completed only by those who were or are employed during or after their treatment for primary or advanced cancer. It is in English but is open to be completed by any cancer survivor in any country. The advantages of taking part are that participants responses will help guide interventions to improve the lives and wellbeing of individuals in similar circumstances in the future.

Participation in this study is on a strictly voluntary basis and participants have the right to withdraw at any time without giving a reason. Any and all information provided will be anonymous and treated as confidential. The questionnaire has several sections and takes about 30 minutes to complete. A summary of the results will be available on the WWC & IES websites early in 2022.

The survey can be accessed here: