Telling your employer
You don't have to tell your work about your diagnosis but sharing what you're going through will allow them to support you properly.
Working during treatment
Having cancer doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop working. There may be periods of your treatment that you can work through.
Getting support at work
Whether you're on or off treatment, your employer has a legal duty to support you with the effects of cancer and treatment.
Taking time off
There may come a point where you need to pause work for a while if you need to stay in hospital or take time to focus on your recovery.
Claiming benefits if you stop working
If you stop working, you could get extra money from sick pay or benefits designed to help people who can't work.
Protecting your pension
Getting a pension might be the last thing on your mind at the moment but it's worth knowing what happens to them if you have to take time off.
Returning to work
If you've had time off, you might feel anxious about going back to work. This is totally normal and understandable.
Treatment effects and work
The effects of treatment like fatigue may mean you need extra support to make it possible for you to get back into work.
Your emotions at work
Feeling frustrated about breaks in your career or how difficult it is to carry on working is completely normal.
Looking for work
Cancer doesn't have to be a barrier. Although gaps in your CV can make it tricky, it's not impossible.
Telling potential employers
It's difficult to know how much you should share with a potential employer. There are certain things they shouldn't ask but it's important to get the help you need.
Reconsidering your career
It's not uncommon for people to change their minds about the direction they were heading in before their diagnosis.
Discrimination at work
You should never have to put up with any form of discrimination. Sadly, some employers don't realise they're doing it.
Updated January 2018, next review due 2019.