Cancer and work: you're still you

If you have cancer, some things may need to change at work. We can help you get the information that you need to make the best decisions for you.

When you have cancer it can be difficult to know what is best for you when it comes to work. You may feel unsure about what comes next and what action to take. Whether that is taking a break, returning to work or staying in work during or after treatment.

The best option for you will depend very much on your individual work, health and financial circumstances. To make informed decisions, it is key to get information by asking the right questions of the right people, including your line manager, GP, oncology team and advisory services, among others.

Our questions guide [PDF]* can help. It includes a range of questions you can ask at various points in your cancer journey, to help you feel more informed and confident in making decisions about your future.

More information and support

  • 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.

  • 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 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.