Work and cancer

If you're a carer

If you're looking after someone with cancer it can have a big impact on your life. Understand your rights and the support that is there for you.

  • Being a carer

    As more and more people are living with cancer, a greater number of people are taking on caring responsibilities.

  • Being there during diagnosis and treatment

    When the person you care for is having tests or being treated for cancer, you may face a range of practical and emotional issues

  • Making decisions about care

    If you’re a carer, you may sometimes find it difficult to know how much support you should and can provide.

  • Talking about your caring responsibilities at work

    You don’t have to tell your employer about your caring responsibilities, but if you do, it can help them support you.

  • Caring when the illness gets worse

    If cancer gets worse, you may no longer be able to care for your loved one at home. Support is available to help you.

  • Making decisions about work

    If you’re a carer you may want to stop working temporarily or completely. It’s important to consider the implications of your decision.

  • Support for you

    Caring for someone with cancer can be challenging and tiring. Help is available to support carers and enable them to look after their loved one.

  • Your rights at work

    It's important to be aware of your legal rights as a carer. Your human resources department may be able to help you.

  • Carers Week 8 - 14 June 2015

    Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the 6.5 million carers in the UK and highlight the challenges they face.