- When Someone You Work With Has Cancer
- General questions and answers
- What are the different types of cancer treatment?
- What to expect
- Ways to respond
- A list of basic do’s and don’ts
- Offering support
- Are there resources available to help?
- What supervisors can do
- What about when treatment is over?
- What if the cancer returns?
- Your help is important
- To learn more
When Someone You Work With Has Cancer
Finding out that someone you work with has cancer can be difficult. You may have many questions, both about cancer itself and about how you should talk and act around this person. You may wonder how your work situation will be affected by their diagnosis and treatment. Supervisors may wonder what they can do to best help the person while still getting the work done.
If you are very close to the person who has cancer, this can be a frightening and stressful time for you, too. Here, we will try to answer some of your questions about cancer and the workplace. We also share some ideas about how you can show your concern and offer your help to someone with cancer.
Last Medical Review: 05/21/2012
Last Revised: 03/03/2014