Approximately 730,000 people in the UK living with cancer are of working age and this number is growing with 3.2% every year.
- Over 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK
- Almost half of those who are working when diagnosed with cancer have to make changes to their working lives after cancer, with around four in ten changing jobs or leaving work altogether
(Macmillan survey 2012)
In 2012 a Macmillan survey showed that although over 80% of those who were working when diagnosed with cancer thought it is important to continue working, they are often being held back by a lack of support for both employees and employers. They may spend time on recovery emotional and physical programmes and (often frightening) checkups. Some treatments leave people with long-term side effects.
Many people want to get back to work but may have difficulties in returning to their old jobs. It is important that at this point there will be a structure or mechanism to support you in gradually returning to work.
If overcome, work can play a vital role in the process of recovery, giving a sense of normality and purpose, rebuilding self-esteem and providing a focus outside of cancer.
Back to Work after cancer: how and when?
Returning to work after cancer is different for both employers and employees and needs a tailor made approach.
LYLAC offers an effective “Back to Work” programme specifically for employees on sick leave after they’ve finished their cancer treatment and need support in creating a plan on returning to work. This programme will address individual needs and creates a win-win situation; it benefits your business and reputation, as well as your employees.