Between 20 and 30 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer will lose their jobs, according to a study published Monday in Health Affairs, endangering their financial security as well as their insurance coverage.
How does breast cancer affect employment?
If you have breast cancer, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to help you continue to work, return to work, have time off for medical appointments or for continued treatment and recovery. Your employment rights are protected under the Equality Act 2010.
What am I entitled to if I have breast cancer?
You may be able to claim the following benefits if you have breast cancer: If you’re no longer entitled to SSP or don’t have a job, you can apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit. If you pay rent you may be able to claim Housing Benefit or Universal Credit to help with the cost.
Can you be fired because you have cancer?
Wrongful Termination due to a Medical Condition
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) makes it illegal for your employer to discriminate against you due to a medical condition or perceived medical condition. Discrimination can include any adverse employment action, including firing or termination.
What happens to my job if I get cancer?
Some cancer survivors may be let go from the job or may not be hired. They might be put in lower positions or not get a promotion or benefits. Others may be moved to a less desirable department or face resentment by co-workers. But you can protect yourself from employment job discrimination.
Can I work while having breast cancer treatment?
Some people are able to keep working while they’re getting cancer treatment. Some people work their usual full-time schedules. Some work the same schedules under special conditions (accommodations), like being closer to the office bathroom so it’s easier to deal with side effects.
Do you get money for having cancer?
You may qualify for government benefits if you have cancer or care for someone with cancer. If you have a disability or your cancer is advanced, you might also qualify for certain benefits. Help is available for bills and housing costs, as well as for children’s costs and other health expenses.
What financial help can you get if you have cancer?
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a group of national organizations that provide financial help to patients. CFAC provides a searchable database of financial resources. CancerCare provides limited financial assistance for co-pays, transportation, home care, and child care.
How long are you off work with breast cancer?
Interpretation. Most of the women with breast cancer took time off work (almost 6 months on average) after receiving the diagnosis.
Is breast cancer a disability?
Because of the prevalence of breast cancer in the US, the Social Security Administration (SSA) lists breast cancer as a disabling condition and a potentially qualifying disability.
Do you qualify for disability if you have cancer?
All forms of cancer can qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits if your condition is severe and advanced enough, and some forms of cancer automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits.
What types of cancer qualify for disability?
If you have been diagnosed with one of the following cancers, you should automatically, medically qualify for disability benefits:
- Esophageal cancer.
- Gallbladder cancer.
- Brain cancer.
- Inflammatory breast cancer.
- Liver cancer.
- Pancreatic cancer.
- Salivary cancers.
- Sinonasal cancer.
Can you continue working with cancer?
Some people with cancer are able to continue their normal routine, including going to work, while they’re still in treatment. Others find that they need more rest or just feel too sick and cannot do as much. If you can work during treatment, you might find that it helps you feel more like yourself.
Do I need to tell my employer if I have cancer?
You don’t have to tell an employer about your cancer at all. An employer can’t ask about an employee’s medical situation unless they believe a medical condition is negatively affecting job performance or workplace safety. However, your employer needs to know you have cancer for you to be protected by the ADA.