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Seeking Self-Employed Canadians Touched by Cancer

Questions? Interested in participating?

To begin the Cancer and Work survey on financial, business, and professional well-being of the self-employed Canadians, click on this link: Cancer and Financial Impact Survey Link

Contact research team: Master nursing student Camilo Sierra [email protected] or Principal researcher Dr. Christine, RN, PhD, associate professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University [email protected]

iCanwork! Vocational Rehabilitation Research Study

*** Thank you! With you’re cooperation, we have recruited all the people we needed for this study. We will get back to you soon with the results. We are planning a similar study on a larger scale for next year, so please advise us if you are interested to be on our recruitment list and we will contact you as soon as we will be starting. ***


iCanWork: a professionally led support service to help with return to work following cancer

ー What is this research study about? ー


iCanWork is a vocational rehabilitation intervention designed for cancer survivors. The goal of this study is to see if iCanWork is efficient to help cancer survivors to go back to work. We will also study the satisfaction of people using iCanWork.


  • After joining the study, you will be randomly assigned (like the flipping of a coin) to
    participate in either group 1 or group 2.
  • If you are in group 1, you will be offered 1 to 3 sessions with a vocational
    rehabilitation counselor and 1 session with an occupational therapist to assist with
    planning your return to work following cancer.
  • If you are in group 2, you will receive the usual care, and you will be given an online
    a resource regarding Cancer and Work that you can consult any time.


Adults diagnosed with cancer who held a paid employment at the time of diagnosis and are within 18 months of their first day of sick leave and have internet access.

If you are interested, contact the principal investigator for more information:
Dr. Christine Maheu, RN, PHD

[email protected]

This study is funded by the work Wellness Institute.

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.