Browser does not support script.
Skip to main content
Find out how we produce our information|
This section aims to help you understand how cancer and its treatment may affect your ability to work.
This section provides information to help you cope with any work issues you may face, and includes details about employment rights. There is advice about coping with the effects of treatment|, such as tiredness, and tips on talking about cancer with your employer| and colleagues|.
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 the tests and treatments needed for cancer may mean spending some time in hospital, and the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of treatment may reduce your ability to work. For some people this will be temporary, but for others it may be permanent. Some people may need to make adjustments to their work, such as changing their hours of work or working from home.
People have different views about work. For some, it’s the centre of their lives and they would feel lost without it. For others, it’s a means to an end - something they would give up if they could. For some people, cancer and its treatment will be a challenge; something to get through so they can get back to their normal life, including work. For other people, it will be an opportunity to rethink their lives and consider retraining, retiring or taking early retirement.
Many people find that they can’t continue working while they are having treatment, which can sometimes lead to difficult financial situations. This section discusses sources of information and support for people in financial difficulty.
If you’d like to discuss this information, call our cancer support specialists|.
Benefits rates apply from April 2011-April 2012.
We have separate information for people who are working while caring for someone with cancer| and for people who are self-employed|. We also have information to help employers support employees who are affected by cancer.
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.
Macmillan has created a number of resources to help employees affected by cancer in the workplace.
If you have any questions about Macmillan we would love to hear from you| .
You can also follow us| on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or YouTube.
© Macmillan Cancer Support 2013
what are these?|