Changing the conversation about work and cancer


Working with advanced breast cancer: building on our advanced Cancer campaign

30th July 2021


WWC is working with The Advanced Breast Cancer Global Alliance on an awareness campaign focused on goal number 10 of the ABC Global Charter: to help patients with advanced breast cancer (ABC) continue to work by implementing legislation that protects their right to work and ensures flexible and accommodating workplace environments. A key part of this… [Read More]

Finding Balance and Growth – one New Zealand GP’s experience

28th July 2021


In this article, Anne Mathieson, a GP based in New Zealand, shares her experience of returning to work after treatment for Stage 3 Bowel Cancer, and just as the COVID pandemic started to unfold. ‘I took a break from working as a GP when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Bowel Cancer in April 2019.… [Read More]

Returning to the workplace after July 19 2021: Tips for those with cancer and those who are immune suppressed either permanently or temporarily

19th July 2021


Introduction On 19 July the government lifted the remaining Covid restrictions in England. Face masks are no longer legally required (although guidance suggests wearing masks would still be advisable in enclosed and crowded places, and face masks continue to be mandatory on TfL services) The 2 metre (or 1 metre plus) social distancing rule has… [Read More]

Transforming Breast Cancer Together (TBCT) issues a statement in response to the European Parliament Special Committee’s Beating Cancer draft report

6th July 2021


The European Parliament’s Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) has published its draft report on “strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer – towards a comprehensive and coordinated strategy”. The draft was prepared by rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir (RE, France).   In light of this draft report, TBCT decided to welcome the development by issuing a statement on… [Read More]

New report published – ‘Health, Work and Covid-19’ from the Centre for Ageing Better

28th June 2021


New research by the Centre for Ageing Better and the Institute for Employment Studies has highlighted the challenges faced by employees with long-term health conditions, warning that more support is needed to help people manage their conditions in the workplace if the state pension is to rise further. With one in three workers now over… [Read More]

Lynne’s Story

21st June 2021


I’m really passionate about secondary cancer patients, or anyone with chronic conditions, not being ‘written off’ in the employment market. You’d expect me to say that when my day job is to lead diversity and inclusion in an industry which is not always perceived to be accessible or inclusive. Like many others, I have cancer… [Read More]

Transforming Breast Cancer Together – Renewed Call for Change

7th June 2021


Transforming Breast Cancer Together has published its Renewed Call for Change position paper in response to the publication of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP).  Overall, TBCT members applaud the ambitious scope of the Plan and would like to bring to the attention of the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States, key recommendations that… [Read More]

Shelley Southey

11th May 2021


I was diagnosed 7 years ago at the age of 37 with Breast Cancer. I felt a lump and had a mammogram and scan. The mammogram showed nothing (yes, nothing) and the scan showed the lump. It was big enough to feel. I had a biopsy and a week later they let me know that… [Read More]

Sandra Morrissey


I was diagnosed with cancer in February 2018. I was told it was cancerous when my surgeon visited me on the ward after the surgery, as previously it was thought to be benign. This was confirmed at histology as basal cell adenocarcinoma of my parotid gland and graded as T4N0M0. The treatment was 33 sessions… [Read More]

Phil Richards MBE


The day my life changed forever was the 19th March 2017.  With no obvious symptoms, I started passing blood in my urine and developed chronic pain in the right side of my back on a late Saturday afternoon.  Following a quick consultation with Google I ignored the warning signs of Cancer and opted for the… [Read More]

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