Cancer, work and you

Cancer, work and you

Cancer and its treatment can affect many aspects of a person’s life, including work. This section provides information for workers and employers about managing work after a cancer diagnosis.

For workers

The way that cancer affects your work and finances will depend on your individual circumstances. You may work on a casual, part-time or full-time basis, be self-employed, or work from home. The information in this section has been designed to help you understand more about finding a working arrangement that suits your situation.

Learn more about cancer in the workplace for workers.

For employers

Over 40% of new cancer cases in Australia occur in people of working age, so it is not unusual for a manager to provide support to an employee affected by cancer. Workplaces are also an important source of support for many people with cancer.

The information in this section has been designed to help managers and human resource professionals create supportive working environments for employees with cancer or caring responsibilities.

Learn more about cancer in the workplace for employers.

This information was last reviewed in February 2017
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