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All you need to talk about work with people affected by cancer

At Macmillan, it’s our goal to be there for people affected by cancer in as many ways as possible – we believe no one should face cancer alone. But did you know we also offer free resources and guidance to help professionals like you talk to the people you support about work?

The benefits of work

There are more than 700,000 people of working age living with cancer in the UK and they’re 37% more likely to be unemployed than the general population. Many currently aren’t able to remain in, or return to, their jobs – often because they lack the necessary support.

As you know, there’s strong evidence that work is good for both physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as aiding recovery and rehabilitation. And talking about it early on in someone’s cancer experience can be vital in preventing problems further down the line.

“Most people with cancer want to maintain normality, and working is part of that,” Jo Kerr, Macmillan Head and Neck CNS

The support you need

As a nurse, we know you already work holistically. And we know you want to provide the best possible advice to the people you care for. But you may feel that you don’t have all the information and support you need, or enough time, to answer people’s questions about work.

But don’t worry – you don’t need to be an expert, and it doesn’t have to be time consuming. We’re here to provide free resources that can help you feel more prepared to talk about work and cancer.

With Macmillan’s Work support route guide, you can be sure you’re asking the right questions, at the right time. And it lists useful sources of support, so you can signpost people to the information they need so that they can make informed choices about work.

Click here to order or download your free Work support route guide and to access our other resources about work and cancer.

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