Checklist for work

Questions to ask your doctor:

  • How will the treatment affect my physical ability to do my job? We have more information about work and cancer. For example, will I be able to drive/work shifts/travel by plane?
  • Will I still be able to work while I’m having the treatment?
  • Are there any treatment options that will make it easier for me to work? For example, can I be treated near my place of work?
  • How long will each treatment take and what’s involved?
  • Will I be admitted to hospital and, if so, for how long?

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Will I need to cut back on my workload temporarily? Find out about the impact cancer may have on work.
  • Will I need to work in a different way, to allow time for rest as well as my treatment?
  • Who will be able to help me in practical ways?
  • Will I need extra financial help to get me and my family through this period and, if so, where can I get it?
  • Will it be safe for me and for others if I carry on working during treatment?

Questions if you are self-employed:

  • Can I pay someone else to do my work and still make a profit from it?
  • Have I informed my insurers to check I’m still covered?

If you are an employee:

  • Talk to your employer about your cancer and explain how it is likely to affect your work. If you don’t know, then tell them that. It will help your employer to know you may need to change your work plans at short notice.
  • Suggest adjustments that may help your employer support you in the workplace. We have more information for employers.
  • Talk to your employer about your entitlement to sick pay and time off.
  • Remember you are protected by the Equality Act 2010 in England, Scotland and Wales, or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland. Find out about policies and resources available.

If you are a carer:

  • Tell your employer about the planned treatment for the person you are caring for.
  • Talk to your employer about flexible working arrangements. You have the right to request flexible working for close relatives.
  • Remember you are allowed a reasonable amount of emergency leave to care for dependents and you are protected under The Equality Act 2010 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 against unfair treatment at work. Find out more about Your rights at work.

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