Education, training and employment

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.

Education, training and employment

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.

Reasonable adjustments

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.

Where next?

Updated January 2018, next review due 2019.