FINANCIAL NECESSITY IS THE DRIVING FACTOR BEHIND MOST CANCER SURVIVORS' DESIRE TO WORK.
- The main reasons that unemployed people with cancer want to continue working after diagnosis include: working for financial reasons (79%), feeling well enough to keep working (38%), and wanting to feel as normal as possible (36%).
CANCER IMPACTED THE WORK LIFE OF MANY PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS.
- More than half of cancer survivors surveyed said their diagnosis impacted their work life in some way, with many (63%) taking time off or quitting their jobs altogether.
RETURNING TO WORK CAN BE A CHALLENGE FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS CONCERNED ABOUT DISCLOSING THEIR DIAGNOSIS.
- Many cancer survivors are concerned about the impact their cancer can have on finding a new job. In particular, they worry that they will be treated differently or ultimately, not get hired.
A GOOD WORK ENVIRONMENT IS CRITICAL FOR CANCER PATIENTS TO SUCCEED IN A NEW JOB, AND SUPPORT IS STILL WIDELY NEEDED TO HELP BALANCE CANCER AND WORK.
- 83% of cancer survivors surveyed agree that people living with cancer or cancer survivors that receive support from their employer are more likely to thrive in the workplace.
A MAJORITY (84%) OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID AN ORGANIZATION LIKE CANCER AND CAREERS WOULD BE BENEFICIAL.
- Most surveyed cancer patients and survivors (78%) agreed that they want to work, and nearly three-quarters (71%) agree that addressing the more practical issues of balancing cancer and work is essential.
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