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Ep 15 - Working with Cancer with Barbara Wilson
Episode 1527th September 2022 • The Menopause and Cancer Podcast • Dani Binnington
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Being able to work is something that most cancer survivors want to do for many reasons, not least because it provides financial independence, but mainly because it provides a sense of normality. 

But how do we do so in a constructive way?

What are my rights?

And what if menopause becomes an added problem? 

I am joined by Barbara Wilson, founder of Working With Cancer who explains what our rights are. What we can ask for? And who can help?

This conversation is for employees, employers, self-employed, job seekers, carers and health professionals. 


Here are the highlights:

(02:42) The services Working with Cancer provide

(06:03) The Equality Act

(07:12) Barbara’s cancer story

(13:13) Is cancer considered a disability?

(20:08) How do we navigate the cancer conversation with our employer?

(29:45) When applying for a new job how much do we have to say about our cancer diagnosis? 

(33:51) What can you request at work if you are suffering from severe menopause symptoms?


Connect with Barbara:

You can find out more about Working With Cancer and their services here:

There is a whole section of useful resources.

They are also on Instagram @workingwithcanceruk


About Dani:

The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. 

There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. 

I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.

Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. 

And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.

So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.

More educated, better informed and less alone.

Connect with Dani:

Instagram @healthywholeme  

Facebook: @healthywholeme  

Join Dani’s private Facebook group:

For oodles of inspiration, healthy recipes, yoga classes and all round positivity go to her website:


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