• David Neary


The number of cancer survivors around the world is increasing due to continuing improvements in diagnosis and treatment that are allowing more people to hopefully lead full and happy lives. Both now and in the future, millions of people who would previously have died because of cancer are going to survive and a sizeable proportion of them are going to want, and be able, to return to their working lives. Cancer survivorship is a potentially broad concept [1] that can include individuals who have been diagnosed but not yet started treatment to people who have completed their treatment and have been disease-free for five or more years. For the purposes of this chapter, the focus will be on survivors after they have completed their primary treatment.

The impact of cancer on survivors and their working lives is complex and dependent on a large number of factors that provide challenges to individual survivors, their families, work organisations, and the social welfare provisions...


Cancer Survivor Breast Cancer Survivor Sickness Absence Work Ability Employment Rate 
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This review was conducted whilst David Neary was employed as Macmillan Research Fellow at the Macmillan Research Unit, University of Manchester (UK). Thanks to Macmillan Cancer Support (UK) for supporting and funding this research programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public Health ResearcherCentre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, Centre for Public Health, Castle HouseLiverpool L3 2AYUK

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