Work and cancer information for people affected by cancer
This section discusses how cancer and cancer treatments may affect your ability to work.
Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most difficult situations that anyone has to face. It can cause great fear and worry, and can affect every aspect of your life, including your ability to work.
Many cancers can be cured. But tests and treatments usually mean spending some time in hospital and away from work.
The symptoms of cancer or the side effects of treatment may also make it more difficult to work. For some people these effects will be temporary, while others may need to make permanent changes to their working lives.
Many people find they’re unable to work while having treatment. This can lead to financial difficulties, but financial help is available in these situations, as we discuss in this section.
Benefit rates apply from April 2013–April 2014.