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Agnes Fletcher, from the DRC, said, "We are shocked at the extent of the discrimination. "Sometimes employers think a person who's had cancer shouldn't be in work, but it can be very important for people to have the social contact and the income. "We've had instances of people saying they want to go back to work and employers saying 'I don't want you because you're too much of a risk'. I think that's very sad."

The DRC's helpline has also received several calls from employers asking for clarification about the law. A DRC spokesman said: "Direct discrimination and failures to make adjustments is turning the world of work into a very hostile environment for workers with these disabilities. "We cannot tolerate people with cancer and long-term health conditions being prevented from making their contribution to the workplace."

According to the DRC, employers should be more aware of the new laws and their obligations towards staff identified with a serious illness. A spokeswoman for Cancerbackup said: "We know from people calling our helpline and our report last year that this is an issue for cancer patients. Although the DDA amendment came into force last year many employers are not aware of it.

"A lot of people feel unable to return to work even though they want to. Employers need to be more flexible."
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