Talking about cancer at work

Unsure about how to talk to your employer about cancer? We can help you find the words.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult to know what to say at work. Talking to your employer about your cancer can be the first step towards getting the support you need. 

Under equalities law your employer should try to support you. This includes putting reasonable adjustments in place to help you stay in or return to work when you are ready and able to. 

Download our step-by-step guide to know where to start and what to say.

More information and support

  • For employees

    If you have cancer, it can be difficult to know how to talk to your employer about it. It's important to remember that there are laws protecting people with cancer in the workplace.

  • If you're a carer

    Balancing work and looking after someone with cancer can have a big impact on your life. Learn about your rights and the support available.

  • If you're self-employed

    Worries about work are very common for people affected by cancer. They may seem especially tough if you're self-employed or run your own business.

  • For your employer

    Macmillan at work provides information, training and resources for your employer to help them support staff affected by cancer.