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What are your rights as someone with cancer? And how can you protect or advocate for these rights?

This factsheet by Work After Cancer is funded by the Australian Government to help you understand the law and what your rights and responsibilities are as a person with cancer.

Your rights and responsibilities as a patient with cancer:

  • You have a right to fair treatment
  • You do not have to disclose your cancer diagnosis
  • You cannot be denied a job because of cancer
  • You can ask for a reasonable work adjustments
  • You have a responsibility to inform your employer when taking leave and provide appropriate documentation

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