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Ranjana Srivastava - August 2017
There continues to be an irony in increasing cancer survival rates in that many patients end up facing workplace challenges, including unemployment, under-employment and, at times, outright discrimination when they decide to work again. Reintegration into society is noted as being extremely important for survivors. And with that, a kind work environment can be one of the most helpful things an employer can provide.
Evidence has shown that up to a third of cancer patients do not return to work, with 40% reporting that their experience of working and of future career prospects having deteriorated. Pressure in the workplace to resign, being overlooked for promotions, and facing financial difficulties have all been linked to worsened relationships and a decline in general well-being. The distress of returning to work can come from a fear that they must prove themselves completely fit upon return. While many state they don't need specific work assistance, many note that kindness and empathy can go a long way in aiding recovery.
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Original source: www.theguardian.com