"Four in five cancer patients are hit with an average cost of £570 a month as a result of their illness. The gruelling physical and emotional impact of cancer is hard enough without the additional burden of money worries. Help our campaign to cut the cost of cancer. macmillan.org.uk/GetInvolve...
Mario was running an Italian restaurant when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He became too ill to run his business and that’s when the financial impact of cancer hit him.
'I lost my income. The insurance company said that because cancer was an illness not an accident, I wasn’t covered, so basically I lost everything.
‘I couldn’t carry on paying the rent so I ended up losing my home.
'It’s very scary, especially when going through chemotherapy. It’s the fear of the unknown – you don’t know what’s going to happen. I was falling from a great height and there was no bottom.’
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT FINANCIAL IMPACTS
For the very first time, Macmillan has commissioned research* to calculate the financial impacts of cancer, revealing just how hard the costs are hitting people.
Our findings show financial support is not always easy to access or good enough for cancer patients. The benefits system can be complex and difficult to understand. People are not always aware of the financial help available to them, such as free prescriptions**. And not getting the right support from employers means it can be hard to remain in or return to work.
Read the full report [PDF]
CANCERS HIDDEN PRICE TAG - Revealing the costs behind the illness
England report: macmillan.org.uk/Documents/...
Scotland report: macmillan.org.uk/Documents/...
Northern Ireland report: macmillan.org.uk/Documents/...
Wales report: macmillan.org.uk/Documents/...
WHAT CAN I DO?
Macmillan believes no one should face financial worries alone. We’re calling on governments, businesses and the NHS to act urgently to ensure the right support is offered at the right time to people like Mario.
Sign up as a Macmillan e-campaigner campaigns.macmillan.org.uk/... and we'll keep you updated on this and our other campaigns. If you're worried about money following a cancer diagnosis, find out how Macmillan can help in our financial support section. macmillan.org.uk/HowWeCanHe... "