Changing the conversation about work and cancer


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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Cancer Survival – Why Staying Positive is Never Enough

Posted: 24th October 2023

Stephen Bevan, Principal Associate at the Institute of Employment Studies and an Ambassador for Working With Cancer, offers an insight into his quest to stay upbeat for those around him since his terminal cancer diagnosis.

Aorta: A Good News Story

Posted: 24th October 2023

WWC regular contributor, Harmer Parr, has previously updated us about Melvyn the Melanoma, but in this article he shares the story of a new ‘private assassin’ – his aorta. Don’t know what that is and what it does? Read on.

Anxiety and returning to work

Posted: 1st August 2023

In this article our Associate Genevie Isaacson, an Employment Lawyer, offers some good practice guidelines for employers to support their employees in making a successful return to work.

Sharing my experience with breast cancer

Posted: 27th April 2023

In this article, our Ambassador, Gail Kenny, shares her experience of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.

A Last Hurrah? Reflections on a Terminal Diagnosis

Posted: 3rd April 2023

WWC Ambassador Stephen Bevan, head of HR Research Development for the Institute of Employment Studies (IES), offers a personal reflection on the emotional impact of a terminal cancer diagnosis for him and his family.

Moving Melvyn: a cautionary tale?

Posted: 12th October 2022

Our regular contributor, Harmer Parr, provides us with the latest news on Melvyn the Melanoma.

Cancer and the Menopause: It’s Not Just About Women Getting Older.

Posted: 14th July 2022

In this article, Working With Cancer’s Founder and Director, Barbara Wilson, talks about the issues for women working with menopausal symptoms during cancer treatment.

Skill Shortages? Great Resignation? How Retaining Workers With Chronic Illnesses Can Help

Posted: 14th July 2022

WWC Ambassador Stephen Bevan, head of HR Research Development for the Institute of Employment Studies (IES), shares his thoughts on how employers can address skills shortages by supporting employees living with long term conditions or with caring responsibilities.

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]

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