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Cancer and work

How the disease affects working life

Cancer is becoming more prevalent in the workplace due to factors such an increasing retirement age, early detection and the chronic nature of the disease.

Do I need to stop working if I have cancer?

It is not compulsory to stop your work in case of cancer. On the contrary, it is demonstrated that continuing work allows you to keep a social ink associated with a better experience of the illness when your physical state allows.

If you decide to continue working, the work role can be arranged according to your new limits: part-time therapy, resorting to the ease of remote working, change of role, etc. These rules also apply in case of returning to work after being off sick.

In case of heavy treatment, physical and/or psychological impact of the illness, stopping work can be preferable, but this is not an irrevocable decision and this can be adapted over time in line with your oncologist and according to your wishes.

The company doctor is also a contact of choice in what you do, and they can support you in your choices. Like any health professional, they are bound to professional secrecy and can impose arrangements to your role and/or your workload onto your employer.

How can I conciliate treatment and work?

As outlined above, your employer and the company doctor can help you to arrange your role. In addition, treatments can be adapted to what you do in your life. Do not hesitate to highlight your professional constraints at the start of your treatment, so that your work hours are adapted, etc.

How can I manage the financial impact?

In case of stopping work or arranging work, the financial repercussions can be heavy. First, your rights must be respected, which is often not very well known. For example, the so-called “waiting” period can only apply once (per period of three years). The recognition of the “disabled worker” status can also be a help in certain cases.

Finally, the social department of the establishment which looks after you, but also the associations like La Ligue Contre Le Cancer (The League Against Cancer) can be a great help( peuvent être d’une grande aide.

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