Changing the conversation about work and cancer

People who have/had Cancer

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]

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]

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]

After returning to work: Keep talking and adjusting if necessary

Posted: 10th July 2017

In our final stage of the return to work we look at the ongoing weeks and months after the initial return. Last but not least, be aware that it often takes months to fully recover from treatment – emotionally and physically.  Arguably this is the most difficult stage of all four because you should be… [Read More]

Before returning to work: Plan for a gradual return but be flexible

Posted: 30th June 2017

In our third instalment of the cancer journey we are looking at how you prepare to return to work after treatment. You may really want to go back to work – most of us do – but the thought of how you will manage this, especially if you have a physically or emotionally demanding job… [Read More]

Should I work during cancer?

Posted: 18th June 2014

So you’ve had ‘the news’ and you are coping with the fact that you really do have cancer. In this article, there is advice and 5 top tips about, about how to handle those early questions about managing work and cancer. Written for Beauty Despite Cancer, June 2014 Read the full article here

Early Days: Dealing with Your Cancer Diagnosis and Work

Posted: 9th May 2014

So you’ve had ‘the news’ and you are coping with the fact that you really do have cancer.  Your family and friends are also coming to terms with it all. Suddenly your life (at home and at work) isn’t your own to plan – the doctors need to see you on certain days at specific… [Read More]

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