Whether you’re living with cancer or supporting someone who is, the impact on your working life can be really serious. You might need to take time off, reduce your hours or work more flexibly – and you could be worried about earning less money or being treated unfairly by your employer.

We’re holding a webchat next Friday 30 November, where our experts will be answering your work and cancer questions live in the chatroom.

 Picture of Caroline Gooding, a discrimination lawyer, and Irene Carey, a Welfare Rights Adviser from the Macmillan Support Line

The chat will be hosted by Caroline Gooding, a discrimination lawyer, and Irene Carey, a Welfare Rights Adviser from the Macmillan Support Line. Caroline and Irene will be answering questions on issues like your rights, how to approach your employer about your needs, or what sick pay and other benefits you are entitled to.

Cancer is classed as a disability under the Equality Act 2010, so anyone living with cancer is protected from discrimination by law.

However, we know that if you are supporting someone else who has cancer, you may also struggle with the demands of your job. 30 November is Carers’ Rights Day, so we hope that carers will also feel free to join the chat if they have questions.

To take part, simply join us in the chatroom on Friday 30 November from 12-1pm. 

Or, if you can’t make it, post your question in the comments here, and we will ask it for you. All the questions and answers from the chat will be published here on the blog afterwards.