Employers 'should have better understanding of cancer survivors'

8 November 2011

Employers should be more aware of the capabilities of women who have suffered from breast cancer, a new report finds.

The ignorance of bosses who think that women who have battled cancer cannot perform to required job standards is a topic which took centre stage at the review undertaken by researchers at Brunel University.

Dr Maggi Banning, who led the report, suggested that employers need to offer better support for survivors of the disease.

Published in the November issue of the European Journal of Cancer Care, the study covered the employment experiences of nearly 1,200 women from five countries to come to the conclusion that not enough is known about the effects or consequences of the illness.

The study showed that healthcare professionals need to provide breast cancer patients and survivors with better information about the best time to return to work.

Dr Banning said: "Employment is an important factor in the lives of people with cancer as a return to work is often associated with a return to normality."

According to figures from Cancer Research UK, in 2008 there were just over two million people living with cancer in the UK.

Posted by Philip Briggs

Banning, Maggi, "Employment and breast cancer: a meta-ethnography", European Journal of Cancer Care, November 2011

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