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Updated work and cancer information from Macmillan

Each year more than 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer. This can have a huge impact on their working lives. It can also affect carers, colleagues and managers.

Macmillan Cancer Support produces a range of information resources to help anyone affected by cancer manage work-related issues. This includes information for carers and employers, as well as for people living with cancer. Macmillan also produces information that can help you have conversations about work with people affected by cancer as a health professional.

All of these resources are available as printed booklets and as online information on the Macmillan website. Visit to read any of the information mentioned below online or to order hard copies.

Resources for health and social care professionals

The Work route support guide is a signposting resource for health and social care professionals. It can help you to guide people living with cancer who want to discuss their work options, whether they are in employment or on long-term sick leave, self-employed or out of work. There are versions for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Resources for people affected by cancer

The following booklets are mainly for people living with cancer, but they may also be useful for other people affected by cancer:

  • Work and cancer: a guide for people living with cancer
  • Work it out: essential questions to ask about work and cancer
  • Self-employment and cancer

These resources are for carers:

  • Working while caring for someone with cancer: a guide for carers
  • Work it out for carers: essential questions to ask about work and cancer

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