Changing the conversation about work and cancer

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Blogs and articles written for various organisations about managing work and cancer. We have organised these according to whether you are: someone who has/has had cancer; an HR professional or a policy maker about managing cancer in the workplace; a line manager; a carer, colleague or supporter of someone with cancer. Choose from the options below:

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Working with cancer

Posted: 15th February 2022

This is the final blog in the series of 5 written by Lynne Connolly, who is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at a global investment company, about her experience of working with secondary cancer and what advice she would give to others about supporting people managing work during cancer treatment.

Return to Work – A symbol of normality or yet another challenge for cancer patients?

Posted: 8th February 2022

Frances Fitzgerald MEP Chair of Transforming Breast Cancer Together Long-term survival rates for breast cancer are improving. This is good news for World Cancer Day, held every 4th of February, as the global initiative to reimagine a world where millions of cancer deaths are prevented and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is available… [Read More]

Overcoming the Barriers to Living and Working with Cancer

Posted: 8th February 2022

Most of what you read about cancer on Friday 4th February (World Cancer Day) was naturally about the search for new and better treatments, the benefits of screening and self-care and the importance of supporting patients and their families. With 50% of people born after 1960 likely to receive a cancer diagnosis at some time in their lives, each of us has a good reason to improve our awareness of its impact. But one aspect of the cancer story which gets less coverage is the impact that it has on the working lives of people living with the disease and those who care for them. On Friday we launched a report with Working With Cancer containing new data from over 1200 working age people who are living with cancer, and our findings show a distinctly mixed picture.

Receiving a secondary and incurable diagnosis

Posted: 7th February 2022

This is the fourth of a series of five blogs by Lynne Connolly, who is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at a global investment company, about her experience of working with secondary cancer and what advice she would give to others about supporting people managing work during cancer treatment. We will be posting the final blog next week.

Returning to work after cancer treatment

Posted: 1st February 2022

This is the third of a series of five blogs by Lynne Connolly, who is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at a global investment company, about her experience of working with secondary cancer and what advice she would give to others about supporting people managing work during cancer treatment. We will be posting the remaining blogs over the next couple of weeks.

Being away from work

Posted: 24th January 2022

This is the second of a series of five blogs by Lynne Connolly, who is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at a global investment company, about her experience of working with secondary cancer and what advice she would give to others about supporting people managing work during cancer treatment. We will be posting each of the remaining blogs over the next three weeks.

Stepping away from work after a cancer diagnosis

Posted: 18th January 2022

This is the first of a series of five blogs by Lynne Connolly, who is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at a global investment company, about her experience of working with secondary cancer and what advice she would give to others about supporting people managing work during cancer treatment. We will be posting each of the remaining blogs over the next four weeks.

Cancer During Covid and My Game of Sick Leave Roulette

Posted: 11th October 2021

Guest writer, Sarah Casemore, talks about her cancer diagnosis at the start of Covid, and treatment during lockdown. ‘In April 2020 at the start of Covid-19 lockdown, aged 48 with 2 teenage sons, I felt a lump in my left breast in what can only be described as feeling like a hard lemon pip whilst… [Read More]

The End of Furlough, Redundancy, and Its Implications For Cancer Survivors

Posted: 11th October 2021

In this article, WWC Associate Génevie Kuiper-Isaacson, provides some useful information for cancer survivors on what may happen now the furlough scheme has ended. ‘At the end of September 2021, the Furlough scheme came to an end at which point there were 1.8 million people still claiming furlough, equating to 1 in 20 people who… [Read More]

Bring me sunshine!  Living with a Melanoma called Melvyn

Posted: 11th October 2021

Guest Writer, Harmer Parr, provides an update on his adventures with Melvyn the Melanoma, since his last article for our website in 2019. ‘In 2017, he’d come back for a third visit, seemingly on a ten-year orbit. This visit was my invitation to the departure lounge, as he’d sprinkled his stardust into a couple more… [Read More]

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