28 April 2014
A new study published today [Monday] in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer journal, claims that unemployment amongst women who were diagnosed with breast cancer four years previously is connected to the side effects of chemotherapy treatment1. Liz Egan, Working Through Cancer Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Half a million UK cancer survivors face disability and poor health as a result of the side effects of their illness and its treatment2. These can include chronic fatigue, pain, incontinence and an increased risk of developing heart disease or osteoporosis.
“This new research shows the devastating impact this can have on those who want to return to work but find themselves unable to pick up where they left off before their illness.
“It’s vital that both the NHS and employers are equipped to support people who are working through, or after, cancer. If every survivor received a cancer recovery package, had access to appropriate services and employers offered effective back-to-work support, the picture could be very different. Macmillan offers a range of advice and support on work and cancer to people affected by cancer, employers and health professionals.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 American Society of Cancer, Cancer,
2 Macmillan Cancer Support (July 2013), Cured – but at what cost?,
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