The past decade has seen an explosion in knowledge about the adverse effects of cancer on people’s working lives. Despite the growing importance of the self-employed as a group, there has been a lack of research investigating the impact of cancer on self-employed people.
The session will present findings from recently published research which bought together several datasets from different European countries to examine work-related outcomes in self-employed cancer survivors. It will discuss: differences between self-employed and salaried cancer survivors; variations across countries; and factors which influence work-related outcomes in self-employed survivors. It will also: review the state of the evidence internationally; highlight evidence gaps and where further research is needed; and discuss challenges in conducting research on this largely neglected population.