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The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) launched a Handbook on managing cancer at work

Around 1.6 million people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in Europe every year. On the 23rd November 2020, the European Cancer Leagues – Patient Support Working Group, launched a Handbook on managing cancer at work. This Handbook is targeted at employers, managers, HR professionals, public bodies, and civil society organisations.

The Handbook illustrates how employees affected by cancer (but also other chronic diseases) can best be supported in the workplace, providing useful tips to support those affected. The publication is aimed at all types of employers across Europe, and spotlights key issues like employees returning to work after cancer treatment.

The document covers four main points in depth:

  • Why is it important to address cancer in the workplace?
  • How to manage cancer in the workplace?
  • What to do when you are employing a caregiver?
  • Good practices from employers

The launch of this handbook is particularly relevant as cancer pain policies, and policies related to the employment and social integration of pain patients, are two of SIPs 2020-21 policy priorities.

Read the press release here.
Read SIP’s recently published Cancer Position Paper here.

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