Returning to work after a cancer diagnosis

Returning to Work Recommendations 2021
Returning to Work Recommendations 2021
Returning to work recommendations from the Irish Cancer Society Advocacy team.

The Irish Cancer Society funded the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) to conduct research exploring the experience of those returning to employment following a diagnosis of cancer in Ireland.

A questionnaire was completed by 377 people diagnosed with cancer since 2010 (and aged between 18 and 65 and in formal employment at the time of diagnosis) about their experience of returning to employment after their diagnosis.

This detailed work has revealed a broadly positive picture, with almost 7 in 10 patients and survivors saying their manager or organisation was supportive of them in their return to work.

Despite this, a number of barriers were identified in the ESRI Report, of which the Irish Cancer Society have drawn recommendations for employers, government and trade unions / representative groups.

Share your story

The Irish Cancer Society invites people to share their story if they have faced any challenges in returning to work after their cancer diagnosis. If you are a parent/guardian or adult survivor, and interested in becoming a media volunteer, please fill out our online interest form below and a member of our team will contact you.

Media volunteers can play an important role in sharing their experience and in raising awareness of specific issues. Media volunteers may be asked to share their story in national or local newspapers and/or magazines, on the Irish Cancer Society website, social media or in publications, on the radio or television.

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