The challenges surrounding life with cancer, particularly in the workplace, are complex, and new findings show that male and female experiences can differ. In a recent survey commissioned by Cancer and Careers and conducted by Harris Poll, more women than men say they need to work for financial reasons and employed women were more likely to feel they had no choice but to work during their cancer treatment. The survey also found women are more likely to be concerned about health insurance.
When it comes to disclosing their diagnosis in the workplace, women were more likely to do so than men and said their flexibility at work improved and they experienced a decrease in levels of stress.
For more information about the survey and for resources on working with cancer, visit Cancer and Careers.
As the number of cancer survivors continues to increase, the need for support around survivorship issues, such as working during and after treatment, is becoming more important.