Possible adjustments at work

  1. taking take time off for medical appointments or counselling
  2. reducing your working hours, working flexibly or job-sharing
  3. changing your work routine to suit the times when you feel at your best
  4. taking more breaks
  5. limiting work that’s physically demanding or likely to make you tired
  6. a return to work plan
  7. getting a parking space close to work

Possible adjustments at college or university

  1. extra time for assignments
  2. someone to take notes during lectures
  3. access to lesson or lecture notes or contact with teaching staff when you can’t attend
  4. use of a locker so you don’t have to carry heavy bags around
  5. permission to snack in class
  6. time off for hospital appointments or counselling
  7. use of a laptop for exams

If you’re at school

Some hospitals have teachers on site who can support you to keep up with your studies if you need treatment as an inpatient. Well at school has a list of hospital schools in the UK.

Where to get support

CLIC Sargent has social workers in many TYA (teenagers and young adults) units. They can help you apply for grants, benefits and other help with the cost of cancer.


Macmillan offers online information on benefits and other financial support. You can also talk to their helpline on 0808 808 0000.


Maggie’s has specialist benefits advisors at centres close to hospitals across England, Scotland and Wales. They also have an online centre.


ACAS has advice on your rights at work as someone with cancer.