Having cancer in your young adult life can be especially difficult to deal with. You may face disruption at college, university or work. Whether you want to keep heading in the same direction, put things on hold, or change your plans completely, there’s a whole host of people, services and legislation to support your choices.
Know your rights
You may not think of yourself as having a disability. But as someone with cancer, you automatically meet the legal definition of 'disabled' from the day you're diagnosed. This is stated in the Equality Act 2010.
You don’t have to accept the word ‘disability’ as a label, but this legal protection is crucial in making sure you get the support you need throughout your illness and beyond, and are legally protected from discrimination.
Colleges, universities and employers must make 'reasonable adjustments' so you aren’t disadvantaged. This means they have a legal duty to make changes to help you study and work.
These pages give examples of adjustments that can be made for young people with cancer. There is also information on the processes of requesting help and who to speak to about getting it.
Updated January 2017, next review due December 2017.