Understanding the things that aren’t helpful can give you more confidence to talk with your colleague about their diagnosis.
When speaking with your colleague, try to avoid:
Some friends suggested that my breast cancer was caused by the lifestyle I had been leading in the past few years. This was really upsetting – and really unhelpful!
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Let’s be Upfront about working after breast cancer and tackling the difficult conversations you may need to have with your employer.
Ways to help and support a colleague diagnosed with breast cancer
Employers have legal responsibilities to employees with cancer. Legislation includes Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Fair Work Act 2009
How to help a colleague with breast cancer after their diagnosis, during treatment, and beyond
Ways to support your employee after a breast cancer diagnosis, during their treatment and as they plan a return to work
If you choose to, there may be benefits of speaking about your diagnosis in the workplace