Work and cancer

If you're an employer

Cancer affects people in emotionally, financially and physically. If you're an employer and you have an employee with cancer there are ways you can support them. There are policies and resources that you can put in place to help you deal with cancer in the workplace.

Making work adjustments for an employee being affected by cancer

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

Policies and resources

If one of your employees has cancer or is caring for someone affected by cancer, we have information to help you support them.

Managing cancer in the workplace

In the UK, over 700,000 people of working age are living with cancer. Managers play a fundamental role in supporting employees affected by cancer.

How cancer affects people

Your employee’s ability to work may change after a cancer diagnosis. To support them, it’s helpful to understand how treatment may affect them.

How to talk about cancer at work

Although it may be difficult for your employee to discuss their cancer diagnosis, open communication may enable you to support them.

Time off for your employee

Some people with cancer will be able to continue to work, others will need time off. There are different options to manage absences.

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.

Supporting carers

Carers who need to look after a dependant are allowed to take emergency time off. They may also wish to request flexible working.

Legislation 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.

Bereavement

Although many people survive cancer, your employee or the person they are caring for may die from their illness.