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Self-employed cancer survivor, we need your stories with remaining or returning to work


Dear candidates,

Cancer and Work ( are seeking self-employed cancer survivors to share their experiences in remaining or returning to work following cancer and cancer treatments. Your contribution will help us understand how self-employed cancer survivors manage with remaining or with returning to work after a cancer diagnosis. The sharing of your experience will help us understand how best to guide others who are self-employed. Your participation will include a 30 to a 45-minute interview which can take place over the telephone, or video-conferencing at a time that is most suited to your schedule. With permission, the interview will be recorded and your identity will be kept confidential. The interviews will take place between September 2020 and December 2020. 


Please contact Dr. Christine Maheu at [email protected] to participate in a short interview for a research study.


Participating in Research with Cancer and Work

Cancer and Work is actively engaged in research to improve the process of return to work and remain at work following cancer.

We would be honored to have you participate in one of our studies to learn more on how we can better provide support to the return to work process following cancer.

If you are interested to participate, see the list of ongoing projects you can take part. Please contact Dr. Christine Maheu to share your interest at [email protected]

Please let us know which studies you would like to contribute and participate:

  1. Recruiting self-employed Canadian diagnosed with cancer to take part in a 30 minute interview to learn of your experience with remaining or returning to work
  2. Evaluating the satisfaction with the Cancer and Work website
  3. Take part in a 3 hour workshop on returning to work following cancer
  4. Evaluating a new feature of Cancer and Work currently under construction – a Chat box
  5. Sharing your experience of return to work following cancer in a 5 minute video recording


Exploring the Needs of Cancer Survivors When Returning to or Staying in the Workforce

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Purpose Cancer survivors have strong personal desires to resume work to feel productive and meet financial needs. However, they may be faced with physical and psychological challenges. This research addresses the question: “What are the needs of cancer survivors when returning to or staying in the workforce?”

Source: Ivona Berger, Lydia Beck, Jennifer Jones, Ellen MacEachen, Bonnie Kirsh, Exploring the Needs of Cancer Survivors When Returning to or Staying in the Workforce, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, February 2020.


Cancer and Work is collaborating with Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI) in the Harnessing Talent Project

Cancer and Work is collaborating with Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI) in the Harnessing Talent Project. Harnessing Talent is a new, 3 year, federally-funded project to help employers recruit and retain employees with mental and/or physical disabilities. The project is funded by Social Development Canada’s Opportunities fund – Work with Employers Initiative.

Free webinar: Work Outcomes in Self-Employed Cancer Survivors

November 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET

by Dr. Linda Sharpe, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, UK

co-hosted by the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute  and

The session will present findings from recently published research which bought together several datasets from different European countries to examine work-related outcomes in self-employed cancer survivors.  It will discuss: differences between self-employed and salaried cancer survivors; variations across countries; and factors which influence work-related outcomes in self-employed survivors.  It will also: review the state of the evidence internationally; highlight evidence gaps and where further research is needed; and discuss challenges in conducting research on this largely neglected population.​

You will learn:

  • How cancer affects the working life of those who are self-employed
  • How patterns of work participation, and health outcomes, after cancer differ between salaried workers and the self-employed
  • What factors influence work participation following a cancer diagnosis
  • That self-employed cancer survivors may experience poorer work-related outcomes or health outcomes than salaried survivors
  • How national social welfare provisions may drive work engagement following a cancer diagnosis, especially in people who are self-employed
  • That self-employed people consider the needs of their business as well as their health needs after a cancer diagnosis
  • The areas where further research is needed
  • What issues need to be considered in developing interventions/strategies to support work engagement after cancer in people who are self-employed​