• Been diagnosed with cancer and got lots of questions about how you're going to speak to your boss?
  • Not sure what your rights are, what to ask or what support your workplace could be giving you?
  • Thinking of returning to work and not sure where to start?
  • Want to know how to manage someone well when they've been diagnosed with cancer, but not sure what's the best way to approach it?  
  • Are you a healthcare professional? Not sure what advice to give your patients? 

According to research from WWC and IES, confusion is rife.

  • Only 57% of cancer patients returning to work knew they were legally disabled under the 2010 Equality Act
  • Over half said that their medical teams or occupational health professionals did not discuss their return to work, and only 22% of HR departments told patients about their right to ask for reasonable adjustments and a phased return to work
  • A third of respondents did not make a phased return to work and a quarter had to take annual leave to receive vital cancer treatment

But we want to set the record straight and make sure you know your rights if you're going back to work, and you know how to support your employees if they're returning after treatment. That's why we've brought in the best expert we know, Barbara Wilson from Working with Cancer to set the record straight and make sure you get all the advice YOU need, wherever you're coming from. 

Meet Your Panellists:

Génevie Kuiper-Isaacson works with Working With Cancer and has a Masters in Law with emphasis on Employment Law. In 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was the first time that her law firm employer had to deal with an employee having cancer and it was a learning experience for Genevie, her colleagues and the law firm, which ultimately helped subsequent employees during their cancer journeys. She was diagnosed again in 2014 and is currently in remission. She's really looking forward to using her experience and legal knowledge to assist others that have been affected by cancer. 

"Currently, I am an associate with Working with Cancer, using my experience and expertise as  a UK solicitor to offer guidance and support to employees impacted by cancer, either during work or returning to work. Empowering women and men affected by cancer, to advocate for themselves and be empowered in their workplaces, is a goal which I actively strive for, together with Working with Cancer. Educating employers about cancer and its affects on their employees is an ongoing goal, which we facilitate through consultation and written resources."

Paul Golding is an executive coach who works with those facing change, uncertainty and challenge. He began his career advising organisations in distress. In his early 30s he survived acute myeloid leukaemia and chose to combine his organisational and personal experiences of working in challenge and uncertainty. He has over 20 years’ experience at one of the ‘big 4’ accounting and advisory firms working in the UK and internationally.

“I love Trekstock’s mission. Working during, or after, a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a challenging path. I would love to see that path made as easy as possible.”

Temi Omooba is a Cancer Support Specialist at Maggie’s Royal Free Centre, offering one-to-one advice and support in the form of support groups, workshops, and courses for anyone that’s been affected by cancer.  

"After a cancer diagnosis it's important to be aware of the support available, what you're entitled to and how to access it. Work may form a large part of who you are as well as being necessary financially. Your ability to work physically and emotionally, may change during and after treatment, and it's important to consider the variety of options available. I believe being well informed can boost your confidence when talking with your employer or manager." 

Nicola is 33 and was diagnosed with endometrial cancer at 30. She is passionate about sharing her story of being diagnosed and supported by her workplace, especially as her Mum was diagnosed with kidney cancer at age 35, when she was 13 years old, and lost her job as a result.

"My employer was supportive and they were there every step of the way offering support and looking out for my best interests. I was really lucky to have this support as so many don't and that's why I am sitting here today. Knowing your rights regarding work and cancer is so important and I hope that I can play a small part in making your journey with cancer a little easier."

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