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This guide contains information and practical advice about how you can support employees affected by cancer, including examples of best practice. It also covers your responsibilities as an employer and your employees’ rights.
This guide aims to help you understand what your employee is experiencing and points out ways that you can support them. It provides practical tips to minimise the impact on your organisation and all individuals concerned.
The guide is divided into five main sections:
You will find information about additional resources within each section, in case you need more details or advice.
You may want to consider integrating some of the messages found in this guide into training for managers. This could also be helpful for dealing with other long-term conditions. See our list of useful Macmillan resources and training tools for employers| and employees|.
If you have a health and well-being policy or a policy for long-term conditions, you may want to revisit it in light of this guide. You may even wish to implement a cancer-specific policy. Alternatively, your organisation may have broader policies that can be applied to people with cancer and/or carers. You can also access Macmillan’s Cancer policy template [Word, 118kb]|.
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.
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