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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When more sleep won’t do it: Tackling cancer-related fatigue

Posted: 10th January 2019

Fatigue – one of the most common side effects of cancer – can have a devastating physical and psychological impact on the lives of cancer survivors. It can also cause an individual severe financial problems if they are unable to return to full-time or part-time work. Here are some excerpts from a longer article published in… [Read More]

How I Managed My Work and Cancer: A Personal Perspective

Posted: 7th January 2019

Esther To shares her personal experiences of returning to work during her cancer treatment. ‘I was 35 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  At the time, I was still building on my HR career.  I was gaining more exposure and experience which I felt I needed to be able to step up.  I couldn’t… [Read More]

Managing cancer, life and work: Lisa’s experience – a case study for the ABC Global Alliance

Posted: 26th November 2018

Former WWC coachee, Lisa Mann, talks about her experiences of returning to work during her cancer treatment; this case study was discussed at the ABC Global Alliance EU Parliament event ‘Transforming Breast Cancer Together’ on 7 November 2018. Read the full article here

Late consequences of cancer: what are your experiences?

Posted: 29th October 2018

The Dutch Federation of cancer patients (the NFK , Nederlandse Federatie van Kankerpatiëntenorganisaties) asked this question in October 2017 to 3679 (former) cancer patients. What are late consequences? By ‘late consequences’ we mean long-term changes that they experience on a psychological, physical, cognitive level that are limiting your daily functioning.  You can think of, for example: fatigue, concentration… [Read More]

Cancer and its impact on our mental wellbeing

Posted: 29th October 2018

One of the things those of us who have had cancer tend not to discuss with friends, family and especially with our employers is that the emotional and psychological impact of cancer is often as great if not greater than the physical consequences of treatment. We grieve for a life we have lost, we remain… [Read More]

Using social media to help with your job search

Posted: 29th October 2018

Recruitment has changed dramatically over the past few years and establishing and maintaining relationships across social media is key when job hunting. LinkedIn recently posted a statistic quoting that as many as 80% of roles are now recruited through networking and social media plays a key role within this, with 87% of recruiters using LinkedIn… [Read More]

How humour can help put cancer in its place. One person’s antidote

Posted: 12th October 2018

Guest writer, Harmer Parr, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October 2017.  In this blog, he shows how keeping a sense of humour helped him put cancer in its place. ‘I’ve always been a bit of a fitness freak, and during the spring and summer 2017 I was training for a couple of sprint triathlons… [Read More]

Here I am, three months back to work ….

Posted: 12th September 2018

Back in April, our guest writer, Sara Liyanage, provided a detailed insight into her experiences of living with cancer and her journey back to work.   She is now three months back to work and shares her experience in a new blog: Today marks a bit of a milestone for me. I’ve just got home from work.… [Read More]

Work, Cancer and Caring: What to do?

Posted: 23rd July 2018

A diagnosis of cancer has a profound impact on the person diagnosed and it also affects their family, friends and colleagues. The emotional and psychological toll on the person diagnosed is well documented but we want to draw attention to the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the person who is a carer and who… [Read More]

Lieve Wierinck MEP discusses ‘Transforming Breast Cancer Together’ with Barbara Wilson

Posted: 23rd July 2018

Lieve Wierinck MEP is leading an exciting new initiative in which we are delighted to be participating with the aim of transforming breast cancer care in the EU.  This interview with Lieve is part of the ‘String of Pearls’, a series of initiatives aimed at improving services for women in Europe with breast cancer and… [Read More]

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