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BCNA News 06 Nov 2017

Work and breast cancer: share your story

Last year, BCNA conducted extensive research into work-related experiences amongst both employees and employers affected by breast cancer. We found that many face significant challenges in returning to, or continuing to work during treatment for breast cancer.

People with breast cancer have identified returning to work as a significant milestone in their recovery. However, many have experienced difficulties in returning to work due to functional difficulties such as ongoing fatigue, pain, cognitive deficits, lymphoedema, anxiety and depression.  As well as the financial impact, disruption to work both during and after cancer treatment can have a profound impact on peoples' psychological wellbeing, including an impact on people’s self-identity, social isolation and feelings of self-worth.

BCNA is committed to improving support for employees and employers to consider a range of flexible work options following a diagnosis of breast cancer to ensure people have the best support possible to remain in or return to the work force.

To support this we are looking for women and men who have experienced work-related challenges since their diagnosis of breast cancer and would like to share their story. Understanding your experience will enable BCNA to develop programs that will assist people with breast cancer to feel better informed and supported during their transition back into their workplace.

Share your story:

You can post your story to BCNA - 293 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell 3124 - or email it to Jillian Head, Programs Officer, at jhead@bcna.org.au.

Stories should be about half a page long (200–300 words). If you have any concerns about sharing your story, please do not hesitate to contact Jillian on 1800 500 258.