Question asked by: 
Anonymous
When do I have to tell my employer that I have cancer?
Personally I’d recommend telling your employer as soon as possible.
Response by Simon Ellis and team

In our experience, most employers are very sympathetic and want to do as much as they can to help.

Depending on the size of the organisation, they may not have much experience of dealing with employees who have cancer and so may need you to help them understand your needs.

It is likely that you will need to take time off work to undergo treatment and you will want to talk to your employer about this.

Here’s some general advice about talking to your employer:

  • Share useful information on the Target Ovarian Cancer website to help explain the timeline for your treatment, and what you may and may not be able to do while receiving treatment. 
  • Try to speak to your employer on a regular basis to keep them updated as you find out new information. Your employer may be happy to speak to you on the phone, but it’s good to meet them face to face from time to time.
  • Take someone with you to take notes at meetings. If you do not feel well enough to go into work for a meeting, they might consider coming to your home.
  • Your employer may ask you to visit an occupational health specialist, or ask permission to contact your GP or your consultant so that they can obtain more detailed information about your medical condition. This is not unusual and is actually good practice as it should help your employer to properly understand your condition.