Work and cancer

If you're an employer

Cancer affects people emotionally, financially and physically. If you're an employer you can support staff through training, policy development and resources. Macmillan at work can help you manage cancer in the workplace.

Making work adjustments for an employee being affected by cancer

Making work adjustments for an employee being affected by cancer

Showing how one employer made temporary changes to an employee’s work duties to help them remain in work during treatment for cancer.

About our cancer information videos

Showing how one employer made temporary changes to an employee’s work duties to help them remain in work during treatment for cancer.

About our cancer information videos

Macmillan at Work

Macmillan at Work provides a range of expert training, consultancy options, and resources to help you, including our e-newsletter, and free work and cancer toolkit.

How cancer affects people

Understanding how cancer treatment may affect your employee’s ability to work can help you give them the right support them.

Legal rights about work and cancer

In  the UK, there are laws that protect employees with cancer from being treated unfairly in the workplace. This includes discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Talking about cancer at work

It may be difficult for your employee to talk about their diagnosis, but open communication may make it easier for you to support them.

Supporting carers at work

Carers are legally entitled to take reasonable time off work. They can also request flexible working.

Introduction for employers

Managers play an important role in supporting employees living with cancer, or caring for someone with cancer.

The role of occupational health

Occupational health advisers can help employers assess whether a role needs to be adjusted in light of an employee’s health.