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Cancer patients struggle with heating bills

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Soaring electricity and gas bills are hitting cancer patients as they try to heat their homes during the winter months, according to a survey.

Research by Macmillan Cancer Support showed 40% of people who received financial support from the charity asked for help with their fuel bills.

Fuel bills were the biggest worry for 67% of all cancer patients, according to the survey of 789 people across the UK who were questioned for the research.

Ciaran Devane, the charity's chief executive, said: "People undergoing cancer treatment have to spend more time at home as they're often too ill to work.

‘They feel the cold more because their immune system is weakened, they put the heating on more and so their fuel bills are higher all at a time when their household income plummets - they're trapped.’

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