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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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]

Barbara Wilson interview in HRD Connect – Working with Cancer

Posted: 19th July 2018

Barbara Wilson was recently interviewed by HRD Connect, a publication for Senior HR leaders, about her experience of a cancer diagnosis in the workplac​e.  She also​ provides useful ​and important ​advice for employers and employees on how to support a ​colleague returning to work ​after a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Read the full interview here

The countdown to my return to work

Posted: 19th April 2018

Guest writer, Sara Liyanage, provides a detailed insight into her experiences of living with cancer and her journey back to work: ‘I am going back to work. It will be one day off eighteen months since I was last in the office. I clearly remember the parting conversation with a couple of colleagues about how I… [Read More]

Rights at work for employees with cancer: a guide to what you need to know

Posted: 9th April 2018

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees with cancer from being treated unfairly at work. This piece of legislation applies in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland those with cancer are protected by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). If you have cancer, the law considers you to be disabled and this legal protection applies… [Read More]

Do your HR policies and processes support employees with cancer?

Posted: 8th February 2018

Successfully managing an employee with cancer will become a far more common experience for line managers, and one of the most challenging. Read this article, written by Barbara Wilson for the HR Zone, about the HR policies and processes employers should put in place to support employees with cancer and ensure that they make a… [Read More]

What is ‘Chemo brain’ – and how can you support an employee who is affected by it?

Posted: 7th December 2017

Chemo brain refers to the cognitive changes that people with cancer may experience before, during and after cancer treatment. These changes may include having trouble with mental tasks related to attention span, thinking, and short-term memory. Many people describe this as a mental fog. The condition is common in cancer patients and survivors, and sometimes… [Read More]

Economist Intelligence Unit report – breast cancer patients and survivors in the EU workforce

Posted: 3rd November 2017

WWC contributed to an Economist Intelligence Unit report on breast cancer patients and survivors in the EU workforce. There is also a separate report on the situation in the UK. Read the reports here

After Treatment Ends – 10 Things I Have Learned by Jo Larbie

Posted: 11th October 2017

Jo Larbie was coached by WWC. Read about how Jo dealt with her cancer and what she had learned. “Looking back, my ‘never, never, never, give up’ mind-set was key to my survival.  This was important because perseverance produces endurance and with endurance comes staying power which enabled me to keep going, even though I… [Read More]

Returning to work after cancer: seven steps to success

Posted: 3rd October 2017

Going back to work, sometimes after many months with relatively little contact with your employer, can be a scary time. Some people’s diagnosis and/or physiology allows them to work during some – or even most – of their cancer treatment so returning to work is less of an issue. But for many, this simply isn’t… [Read More]

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