Cancer will affect people in many different ways, depending on the individual, the type of cancer and how it is being treated, and where they are on their cancer journey. The impact it will have on their working life and ability to remain in employment will vary widely.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs.
Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis. Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause or treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer; all have their own names and treatments.
The aims of treatment are different depending on the type of cancer, how far advanced it is, and the individual’s overall health. Treatment may be given to cure a cancer, or to slow its progress and help relieve symptoms.
1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
Ref: NHS (2019) Cancer Definition