Paying the price of cancer: Charity urges patients to access financial support

Paying the price of cancer: Charity urges patients to access financial support

Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging people in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area to access support from its local Benefits Advice Service.

Cancer can be tough on people’s finances - many people are faced with extra and often unexpected costs such as higher heating bills to keep warm when going through treatment, or paying for travel to attend appointments.

Alasdair O’Hara is Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Macmillan in Northern Ireland and says that the Macmillan Benefits Service is hearing every day from people who are feeling the financial impact of their cancer diagnosis, and are often more anxious about their finances than their health. He says:

“Macmillan research shows that for those living with the long-term effects of cancer, the overall cost of their diagnosis can be more than a year’s average UK full-time salary. People with cancer need to live, not just survive.

“Macmillan Benefits Service Advisors are based in all five local Health Trusts, working every day to make sure that people living with cancer can access the support they need. The pandemic, increasing energy costs, recent cuts to benefits…these are issues that are significantly affecting people’s finances right now. Our Advisors can help in a range of ways, such as assessing entitlement to benefits; applying for benefits and completing application forms; or helping people to apply for a Macmillan Grant or other one-off grant payments.

“A life-changing diagnosis can be over-whelming and it can be difficult to know how to access support. Macmillan is doing whatever it takes to give people living with cancer the help they need. If you are worried about money, please contact the Macmillan Benefits Service in Northern Ireland on 0300 1 233 233 or email [email protected] today.

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