Many people live for months or years after a diagnosis of incurable cancer. By law, an individual should be allowed to work for as long as they want. This depends on medical advice and any health and safety concerns.
Many people with cancer choose to stay at work for as long as possible. In this case, you should make reasonable adjustments and do your best to help the person keep working.
If the employee is gradually getting weaker, this can be difficult to manage. An occupational health adviser should be able to help. Colleagues may also find this time upsetting. Let employees know about any counselling or employee assistance programme (EAP) that’s available in your organisation. You can also suggest they call our free support line on 0808 808 00 00 for support.
The person who is ill may also need advice about things like their pension or writing a will. Our financial guides on the support line can also help with this.