How to help people with cancer return to work

Gabby Mottershead

An article today in Personnel Today made the following points:
Cancer survivors are often able to return to work, but are at risk of leaving the work life early.
Early departure from work life is due to chronic symptoms, such as fatigue, pain and cognitive dysfunction.
Cancer often causes partially reduced work capacity rather than disability.
A multidisciplinary intervention involving various stakeholders, and taking account of the individual needs of each cancer patient, is the most effective way of enhancing return to work and job retention of cancer survivors.
Policymakers across Europe are increasingly recognising the need for developing interventions for cancer survivors and people with other conditions that cause reduced work capacity.
Good examples of effective policies are: the “Three level model” developed by Macmillan Cancer Support; and the law of part-time sick leave in Finland.

Owing to improved treatment and early detection, cancer is increasingly becoming a chronic…

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About gabbymottershead

Inflammatory Breast Cancer survivor and advocate, Breast Cacner UK ambassador, party animal, proud grandmother, mother to two wonderful sons, wife to Paul, loving life in Manchester, the best place on earth. Love my family, live music, my house rabbit and general shenanigans.
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