Cancer sufferers not offered flexible working

Fewer than half of workers diagnosed with cancer are offered flexible working arrangements or adjustments to their work, a study by a cancer charity has found.

The survey by CancerBACUP also found more than a third of those polled have not been offered a return-to-work meeting and fewer than one in five had been offered information about managing cancer at work.

The charity estimates around 90,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer every year.

Four out of 10 say their overall working life had deteriorated; more than a third said their career prospects had deteriorated; and a quarter feared disclosing their cancer to a new employer.

Almost a third had lost confidence in their ability to do their job, according to the report Work and Cancer: how cancer affects working lives.

There was a crucial lack of practical policies, information and support in place for employees with cancer, said CancerBACUP.

The majority of those polled found side effects difficult to manage at work, but fewer than half had been advised by their doctors about how different treatments would affect their work, it added.

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