You might have already been off work for a while before your transplant, or you could be working up to the point you go into hospital. Either way, talking to your employer as soon as you can and keeping them updated about your situation will be really helpful.
‘I was fully open with my employer from the start – I was immediately on the phone to my line manager when I was diagnosed with leukaemia. They were amazingly supportive.’
Crispin had a transplant in 2013
As someone with a blood cancer or blood disorder, you are protected under the Equality Act 2010 in England, Scotland and Wales, or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland. This means that:
Your medical team can provide you with medical certificates and ‘fit notes’ to cover the time you’re off work.
For some people, taking a break from work can have an emotional impact. It’s normal to have lots of emotional ups and downs before, during and after a transplant. Find out more about looking after your emotions.
Taking some practical steps to tackle work or money worries might help ease any pressure and mean you can focus on yourself and your recovery. If this seems overwhelming, see if a family member, friend or professional can help with things like form-filling or getting advice.
If you’re a partner or family member and you need to take time off work before, during or after the transplant, then you may be entitled to take compassionate or unpaid leave. Requesting flexible working may help you balance your roles – everyone has the right to request flexible working, not just carers.
Read more in our blog with Carers UK.
Macmillan Cancer Support produces a useful booklet called ‘Working while caring for someone with cancer.’
Work & finance: before, during and after a stem cell transplant
Work & stem cell transplants: a guide for employers
Information published: 10/10/16
Next review due: 10/10/19