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You may find that you can’t continue working due to fatigue, or that you have to reduce the amount of time you spend at work.
It can help to talk to your employer or personnel/human resources officer and let them know that you may need some time off due to the cancer or its treatment.
Don’t feel that you have to work if you’re too tired, but if you do want to carry on working, you may be able to find ways of making your work less tiring for a while.
Anyone with cancer is protected by the Equality Act|, which prevents employers from victimising or discriminating against people with a disability. The act also states that employers are expected to make reasonable adjustments to support employees in the workplace. You may want to make suggestions for adjustments that could help to support you.
Things that your employer can do to help include:
If you’re self-employed, it can help to talk to the Department for Work and Pensions| about benefits that you may be entitled to claim.
Our sections about Work and cancer| and Self-employment and cancer| have more detailed information and useful tips for coping with fatigue at work
Content last reviewed: 1 February 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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