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National Cancer Survivorship Initiative

Work Support Route Guide to assist health and social care professionals

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Macmillan has developed a range of free resources related to work and cancer to support professionals. The Work Support Route Guide for example, is a practical guide that supports health and social care professionals to have conversations with patients about work. It features a useful contact details page to give to patients.

Each year more than 100,000 people of working age receive a cancer diagnosis. Research shows that patients have better outcomes at work if they’re able to consider how cancer and its treatment might affect their working lives, and if they receive support from the beginning of their cancer journey.

Health and social care professionals have a vital contribution to make in this by having early conversations about work with patients and helping them to think positively about work. After all, meaningful work is an important component of a person’s wellbeing.

To download this guide, and discover more information about work and cancer, please visit Alternatively, to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issues people with cancer face at work, why not take Macmillan’s new e-learning course for health and social care professionals, called Can we talk about work? Just go to