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This information is for anyone who is working, either full or part-time, while caring for a partner, relative or friend with cancer.
It aims to help you cope with work issues you may face because of the impact of your caring role on your working life. You'll find information about employment rights| and how to get support at work, suggestions about flexible working, tips on talking about cancer| with your employer| and colleagues, and advice if you're self-employed|.
Around 298,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. As treatments for cancer improve, more and more people who have cancer are learning to live with it as a chronic illness. So are their families, friends and colleagues.
Many people affected by cancer depend on the physical and emotional support of a carer. Very often, that carer has to combine working and earning an income with their new - and often unplanned - role as a carer.
There are more than 3 million working carers in the UK who have to combine the pressure of working while dealing with the physical and emotional pressures of caring for someone who is ill.
Continuing to work can be important for both the carer and the individual with cancer, as it can provide both income and social contact outside of the home.
You may find it helpful to read some of the information in our section caring for someone with advanced cancer|. You may also find it helpful to read Hello, and how are you?|, a guide for carers by carers.
Benefit information applies from April 2011–April 2012.
On 1 October 2010 the Equality Act replaced previous discrimination laws in England, Scotland and Wales – including the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) – bringing them together under one piece of legislation. People who live in Northern Ireland are still protected by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
The Equality Act introduced new rights for carers|. We have further information on the Equality Act| and your rights| as an employee, or you can call us| for advice.
Visit our main Work & cancer section| for more in-depth information about work and employment related issues, for both employees and employers.
Content last reviewed: 1 May 2011
Next planned review: 2013
For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
Check out our tool with essential questions for carers to ask about work and cancer.
You can download the guide, [PDF, 825kb]| or order a hard copy from our be.Macmillan website|.
You might prefer to read this information in a booklet or listen to it on an audio CD. You can order these free from be.Macmillan
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© Macmillan Cancer Support 2013
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