Living with cancer can be tough on finances. People affected by cancer might lose income, and will probably spend more on everyday costs like heating and getting around. And it’s hard knowing how to plan ahead. Too often, money worries just get out of control.
When Shola had to give up work to have treatment for thymoma, a tumour affecting her thymus gland, she soon encountered financial problems:
‘I was very concerned about my financial position, being ill and not able to work meant my salary reduced quite significantly. I ended up using a lot of my savings.’
Shola received support from Fiona, a Macmillan benefits adviser.
‘I explained my situation. She told me that I had a good case and would possibly be awarded the benefit that I was applying for. So it was good to hear that. It took away a lot of my anxiety that I was having about my financial situation.’
Fiona answered Shola’s questions around the benefits system, and helped to fill out the forms for her benefit application, personal independence payment assessment.
‘It was nice to know that I didn’t have to think about things by myself. There was always someone there I could phone if I was experiencing difficulties. It was good just to know that someone understood my financial situation and that I wasn’t alone.’
If you have questions around money and cancer, Macmillan can give the support and guidance need.
Refer your patients to macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries or to our free helpline 0808 808 00 00 (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm).