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Me, cancer, and work project


Thanks to improving cancer treatments, there's an increasing number of working-age people who can continue or return to work after a cancer diagnosis, either full or part-time. Working is critical in everybody’s life and the 'Me, cancer, and work' project supports cancer survivors in their work life. 


The project was launched by The Association of Cancer Patients in Finland in summer 2017 and will continue until the end of 2020. 


The aim is to support cancer survivors in different stages of job search, employment, getting back to work, and how to deal with challenges connected to working life. The goal is to advise and encourage individuals and to help find possibilities at workplaces with the support of colleagues as well.


Keys to a triumphant return to work

Many changes are happening in a patient’s life, and the cancer clinics might not consider the importance and the potential of work in the overall well-being of the patients. Therefore, the extra-support provided by this project could bring a remarkable and successful impact on the recovery and social life both. The project spreads information on how to support a triumphant return to work, such as modifying job descriptions or providing technical solutions such as an electrical table or other tools. 


Furthermore, while helping the cancer-patients/survivors with dignity and respect in their working life, the aspects of physical, mental and social health and well-being are essential. 


Useful information

The Me, cancer, and work project organizes groups, events, and any happenings that offer peer support and information on returning to work, during the cancer treatment or after. 

The project is financed by the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations STEA, under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. 


If you're interested in collaborating or would like to know more in detail about this project in Finland, contact info@syopapotilaat.fi.


Meetup event

Living and Working with Cancer Meetup 19.11. From 17:00 to 18:30 at Malmi (Helsinki)


Join for a cup of coffee and chat! The meetup starts with a presentation by Ted Bergeron about his experiences after diagnosis, and there will be plenty of time for discussion and getting to know others better. If you want to attend the meeting, please send a message to Marketta (marketta.liljestrom@syopapotilaat.fi / 045-1046509) on November 18th at the latest.