Working after cancer

Continuing with or returning to work after a receiving a lymphoma diagnosis can be difficult. Whether you've had to take time off work for treatment, you're working while on active monitoring (watch and wait), or trying to manage work alongside coping with side effects, our resources can give you the information to help you work with and after lymphoma with confidence.

Having a cancer diagnosis means you are classed as having a disability - and this is life-long. This means you can tick the disability box on job application forms and under the Equality Act 2010 it is illegal for an employer to discriminate based on disability. Your employer must, by law, make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ that allow you to continue working while you are having treatment and afterwards. This law protects you for the rest of your working life, not just while you’re ill or having treatment.

Reasonable adjustments include:

  • reducing or changing your hours
  • a phased return to your usual working hours, starting with shorter days or weeks and gradually building them up as you feel able to
  • working from home
  • adjusting the kind of work you do (for example, moving to a less physical role)
  • changes to your workplace (for example, installing a wheelchair ramp)
  • special equipment you may need (for example, software to help you cope with peripheral neuropathy)
  • time off for medical appointments.
  • rest breaks 

Watch our videos made with Working With Cancer to find out more about your legal rights at work, explaining CV gaps, when to mention lymphoma in a job application, and talking about cancer in your job interview. There's also a video for what employers need to know.