Work and cancer information for health and social care professionals

There are over 750,000 people of working age living with cancer in the UK. Many aren’t currently able to remain in, or return to, their jobs – often because they lack the necessary support to do so.

That means we need professionals like you to direct people to the information and support they need so they can make informed decisions about work.

You don’t have to be an expert to start a conversation about work, and it doesn’t have to be time consuming. It’s about including work in your normal conversations, encouraging people to consider their options and signposting them to the information they need to make the choices that are right for them.

E-learning resource: Can we talk about work?

Our e-learning module Can we talk about work? will help you feel more confident when discussing work issues. It is available for free on Learn Zone.

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E-learning resource: Working with cancer

We have developed an educational resource for occupational health practitioners to help raise awareness of the work-limiting effects of the most common cancers.

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Resources for patients

Information for carers and patients

It can be hard for people affected by cancer to know what questions to ask and who to talk to when it comes to work issues. So we've created a series of leaflets featuring a range of questions for every stage of the cancer journey, with details of who to ask - for example, a GP or line manager.

We've also created Work it out for carers so they can find the information they need about managing work and care responsibilities. Please also direct people to our website for specific work and cancer information for carers.


Work and cancer booklet

Work and cancer looks at how cancer and its treatments can affect a person's ability to work. It covers employment rights and coping with the effects of treatment at work, for example tiredness, as well as providing tips on talking about cancer in the workplace.


Self-employment and cancer

Self-employment and cancer is designed to help people who have a cancer diagnosis and are self-employed. It includes practical information about cancer and treatments, balancing health needs and work, deciding who to tell and what to say to them, keeping the business operating, and managing finances.