Published on September 8, 2014
Cancer Patients 'Facing Harassment' At Work A charity says a third of patients feel discriminated against when returning to work following treatment. 8:26am UK, Friday 03 May 2013 By Liz Lane, Sky Reporter The number of cancer patients who feel discriminated against when they return to work is increasing, according to a charity. A survey conducted for Macmillan Cancer Support by YouGov found 37% who go back to their job after treatment say they experience some kind of discrimination from their employer or colleagues - compared to 23% in 2010. When Hilary Norsworthy was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2003 she had a full-time management job at a school in Kent. After 11 months of treatment, she returned to work, but tells Sky News she was made to feel so unwelcome that she left after a month. "I couldn't get into any of the computers at all," she said. "So when I asked the head teacher why not, he said 'because I've asked for your permissions to be removed'. "I asked 'why' because I was in charge of the whole finances and just wanted to see what had been happening." Hilary has worked out her pension pot is £2,000 a year smaller as a result of her leaving, because she resigned before retirement age. She wishes she had felt strong enough to carry on. "I was a good 100% within a year, but I needed to build up my confidence, and what they did was just knock me back down to the bottom. Ms Norsworthy had treatment for breast cancer.