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Published: 26 Apr 2019
Next review: 29 Oct 2021
Edition: 6
This booklet is about working while caring for someone with cancer. It is for carers.
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Published: 26 Apr 2019
Next review: 29 Oct 2021
Edition: 6
This booklet is about working while caring for someone with cancer. It is for carers.

About this booklet

You are a carer if you give any unpaid help and support to someone with cancer who could not manage without your help. You do not have to be living with the person you care for.

This booklet aims to help you cope with balancing work and caring. We have included information about:

- getting support at work

- flexible working

- your rights at work

- talking about cancer with your employer and the people you work with. 

There is also advice if you are self-employed.

How we can help

Macmillan Grants

If you have cancer, you may be able to get a Macmillan Grant to help with the extra costs of cancer. Find out who can apply and how to access our grants.

Financial guidance
Financial issues can cause worry when someone becomes ill. You may be able to claim benefits to help you in your situation. You may also be able to get financial assistance from other organisations.
Welfare rights advice and tools

There are lots of benefits that could help you after a cancer diagnosis, but the system can be confusing. Our Welfare Rights Advisors are here to help.

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