Emily, you have to declare it now that it's been offered to you. It gives you protection - allows you to decline overtime, change of role etc
I've been in my job from Sept 16 to now, told my boss when she offered the job, then she left a month or so ago leaving me with a whole load of c**p. I came clean with the CEO (her boss) telling him that she and another senior member of staff knew as that will help me if they ask me to take on stuff that is too challenging for my position especially taking my health into consideration.
As an HR professional I would not recommend declaring it at application stage - the question is "do you consider yourself to be disabled?" or "do you require any adjustments?". Personally, no I don't consider myself disabled, and I only applied for jobs I felt I could do - ie part time, term time, school hours, day off mid-week, longer lunch break.
I don't think it is reasonable for someone to apply for a full time job and then request part time hours because of a disability / cancer. You have to be realistic when you apply for a job and then the employer will be understanding.
Remember when applying for a job it is a two way, win win thing - they want you as much as you want them. Do not lie, but be truthful and everything will be OK. It is tough for employees and employers.
I have just been accepted for a new job and have been thinking about the same things. Its actually with the NHS in a new oncology unit, so my oncoligist might recognise me anyway lol! But I haven't said anything as yet.
Occupational health are going to ask questions and I think I will have to come clean but its a hard one.
I've got lymphoedema on my right arm upper torso so the only possible adjustments I can think of would be wrist pads for computer keyboard.
Like I said before I don't consider myself a disabled but I'm not either planning to keep my cancer secret as I will have to explain absence (over a year) from work down the line anyway.
As suggested by Saffron I had a quick look at Macmillan website and they are strongly advocating declaring cancer as disability as protection against whole host of things althought it might put off some employers from hiring you.
A few thoughts for you. The disability question also seems to vary a lot, sometimes it doesnt ask for specifics and sometimes it just asks what adjustments are needed. Are there any adjustments you would wish them to make for you?
Thanks Saffron, I'll def contact Macmillan. Have a lovely weekend x
The legislation is there to protect people with disabilities so the question has to be asked so they can make reasonable adjustments both for attending interview and in in work, as it is a legal requirement. A lot of employers are not very 'good' at making adjustments and as you say treat disability as a 'nusiance' which is so unfair for disabled people - other employers are very supportive and welcoming and will do all they can to accomodate the individual whatever the disability. It is a difficult one for you - breast cancer is a disability under the equalities act and employers will have to make reasonable adjusemtents for anyone they employ if the breast cancer symptons/se warrent. If i were you I would speak to Macmillan who have good experience of employment law and they will advise you on what they feel you should disclose when applying for jobs.
It seems all job applications now have a question "Do you consider having a disability" and I'm not sure what to answer. Yes I've had BC so under employment law I'm now classified forever as disabled but I don't really feel like it.
If I say 'yes' will they discount me from the start or just go through the hoops to show that they've considered me but never having any intent on offering me the job even if I would be most suitable candidate?
If I say 'no' will that exclude me from something that would be beneficial for me?
So in a nutshell looking for any pros and cons for declaring BC as disability when applying for jobs, thanks