Changing the conversation about work and cancer

Articles

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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Can Returning to Work Have Therapeutic Benefits for Cancer Survivors? 

Posted: 6th January 2020

WWC’s Ambassador, Stephen Bevan, has written a blog about the therapeutic benefits of returning to work and the role of healthcare professionals. ‘A year ago, getting back to work was the last thing on my mind. I had just finished the first of two rounds of chemotherapy for oesophageal cancer and had spent New Year’s… [Read More]

Working With Cancer: The Past, Present and Hopes for the Future

Posted: 6th January 2020

Working With Cancer’s Founder, Barbara Wilson, has written a blog about what we do and our thoughts about improving support for all those affected by cancer in the workplace. ‘I set up WWC in 2013/2014 after leaving corporate life in 2012 where I had pursued a successful career as an HR Director in the City.… [Read More]

Working with cancer and starting a business

Posted: 19th November 2019

Guest writer, Adele King (www.transcendence-coaching.com) is an accredited Coach, NLP practitioner, Change Consultant and Speaker.  She has written a blog for us about her experiences of living with cancer and her return to work: ‘I first contemplated writing this article back in spring of this year. My mind brimming with thoughts and ideas, I couldn’t… [Read More]

Combating Cancer feature in The Times 16th October 2019

Posted: 16th October 2019

Working With Cancer recently contributed to a special ‘Combating Cancer’ feature which appeared in The Times on 16th October. The full article was commissioned by Raconteur and can be found here and at https://www.raconteur.net/combating-cancer-2019).   Our contribution is in the article ‘Dealing with Cancer in the Workplace’ on Page 10’.

Back to Work in post-treatment ‘Limbo’ – a blog from our new Ambassador, Stephen Bevan

Posted: 22nd September 2019

Our new Ambassador, Stephen Bevan, shares his experience of returning to work following his cancer diagnosis and treatment. ‘It is now a year since my diagnosis of oesophageal cancer was confirmed. I’ve now emerged from 10 months of treatment and I am dipping my toe – tentatively – back into the world of work. I’ve… [Read More]

Finding my new ‘normal’: A journey of self-discovery

Posted: 22nd September 2019

Guest writer and former WWC coachee, Fay Field, has written a blog for us about her journey of self-discovery following her cancer diagnosis and treatment. ‘I was thinking about what sort of things I would talk about in relation to the title of this piece, and like most things cancer-wise it’s incredibly subjective. I remember… [Read More]

New article from guest writer, Harmer Parr: The Melvyn Files

Posted: 31st July 2019

Guest Writer, Harmer Parr, showed how keeping a sense of humour helped him put cancer in its place in an earlier article for WWC.  In his latest blog, he provides an update on his immunotherapy treatment: ‘In October 2017 I was diagnosed with a cancer in my right shin bone. It had been hurting for… [Read More]

Returning to work and making changes

Posted: 22nd July 2019

Guest writer, Sara Liyanage, is a part-time solicitor and the founder of www.tickingoffbreastcancer.com, a website dedicated to helping people through their breast cancer treatment.  She has written a third blog for us about her experiences of returning to work: ‘I thought it seemed rather fitting to start writing this third and final article in my… [Read More]

WWC partners with Teenage Cancer Trust to help young people manage work after cancer

Posted: 22nd July 2019

WWC Associate, Sarah Dawson, shares her experience of training and coaching young cancer survivors to manage work and cancer: ‘A cancer diagnosis is devastating at any age, but for a young person it can cause a particular kind of anguish. How do you face conversations and situations most adults would struggle with, before you’ve even had… [Read More]

Understanding the invisible by Lynne, a 45 year old working mum…..

Posted: 15th May 2019

Lynne, a 45 year old working mum, has written a blog about living with the effects of  ‘secondary’ cancer. “It’s not easy supporting a colleague who is working with cancer – we all recognise that – but for those of us with metastatic or ‘secondary’ cancer, it feels like we have an invisible illness which… [Read More]

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