Retaining and Reintegrating Workers with Cancer

14th – 16th of May 2024
Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden

About this course

This course will bring together researchers and practitioners working within the field of cancer and work and will increase participants’ transdisciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes with regard to supporting cancer survivors to stay in and/or return to work. Additionally, the course will increase cooperation between different experts and will help participants building a professional network on the topic of cancer and work.

The course is specially developed to bring research and practice together and to bridge the gap between both perspectives. However, one or two sessions will be organised for researchers and practitioners separately in order to create the possibility for researchers to discuss methodological and/or statistical challenges and for practitioners to discuss difficult cases.

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Wednesday

We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 1.000 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 500).

EUR 1.000

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches

Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 860 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 360).

EUR 860


13th – 16th of May 2024 at Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden

NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 13th – 16th of May 2024 at Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden.

To book a room from the block, kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel through this link (available until 01.04.2024).

The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1.485 including breakfast (approx. EUR 125/night)..

The block reservation will be available until 1st of April 2024.

Approx. EUR 125/night

Course objectives

  • Increase participants’ transdisciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes with regard to supporting cancer survivors to stay in and/or return to work
  • Teach participants the current state of affairs in practice and science including knowledge gaps
  • Teach participants how to apply the current state of affairs to future research and/or practice

Main topics

The course will include workshops and lectures on:

  • Patient journey – from initial cancer diagnosis to staying at and/or returning to work and beyond (including vulnerable groups)
  • Experiences of cancer survivors with adverse work outcomes and consequences for individuals, organisations and the society.
  • Stakeholders’ perspectives on adverse work outcomes of cancer survivors (e.g. employers, colleagues, occupational health practitioners, psycho-oncological professionals, partners).
  • Differences between national legal and insurance systems and its implications for the role of different stakeholders
  • Definitions and theoretical models for understanding adverse work outcomes of cancer survivors
  • Interventions to enhance sustainable work participation of cancer survivors
  • Socioeconomic inequality in cancer and work

Target groups

  • Early and mid-career researchers on cancer and work
  • Occupational health practitioners (e.g. occupational physicians, case managers, re-integration specialists)
  • Psycho-oncological practitioners (e.g. oncological nurse, social worker)

Subject background

Each year, an estimated 19 million people are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Due to earlier detection of cancer and more effective treatment strategies, the number of people who survive cancer is increasing. In many countries, the retiring age is rising, which implies that there will be a higher incidence of cancer diagnoses in the working population. The number of cancer survivors of working age is therefore expected to increase further in the next decades. At this moment, an estimated 40 to 50% of people diagnosed with cancer is between 18 and 65 years of age, and thus potentially part of the labour force.

It is increasingly recognized that remaining in and/or returning to work during or after treatment, can be a feasible and a valued goal for many cancer survivors. This is because work is associated with financial independence, a higher quality of life, higher self-esteem, and a sense of normality and personal identity. Furthermore, societies can benefit economically from facilitating cancer survivors to return to work.

Despite the advantages of having paid work, cancer survivors can experience various adverse work outcomes following their diagnosis and treatment for instance due to fatigue, cognitive complaints or pain. To give an example of an adverse work outcome, unemployment among cancer survivors is 40% higher than in people who have never been diagnosed with cancer, although unemployment rates and time to return to work vary widely within and between cancer types.

In the past fifteen years, we have seen a rapid development of the field on cancer and work, both in research and practice. With this course, we therefore aim to provide an overview of where the research community and practice stands and to identify growing point areas for future research.

General course fee and cancellation information

The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline.

Travel arrangements

Please refrain from booking any travel tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent at the latest after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received by 25th of March 2024: full refund
Cancellations received by 26th of March 2024 or later: no refund

NIVA will issue an invoice or send information on how to pay the course with credit card (depending on the option chosen in the registration form) after the registration deadline.

The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact persons

Course leaders

Sietske Tamminga, Assistant Professor at Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands

Michiel Greidanus, Postdoc researcher, Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands

In practical matters, please contact:

Nathalie Räihä
Project Manager

Course leaders

Sietske Tamminga

  • Assistant Professor, Amsterdam UMC, NL

Michiel Greidanus

  • Postdoc researcher, Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands

Course lecturers

Bertrand Porro

  • Dr, Research Institue for Environmental and Occupational Health, France

Saskia Duijts

  • Dr, Amsterdam UMC, Public and Occupational Health Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation, Netherlands

Steffen Torp

  • Prof. Dr., Department of Health, Social and Welfare Studies, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton

  • Prof. Dr, Danish Cancer Society, Denmark

Elin Stoermann-Næss

  • Norwegian Cancer Society, Norway

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