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  1. I am a 66 year old widower who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was wondering if there are any state benefits I may qualify for that are not means tested. I am still working full-time, but may reduce the number of hours if there are some financial safeguards from the benefits system. Thanks. 
  • Hello MickG and thank you for contacting the Online Community.

    We have a Money and Work team who can perform a benefit/grant check over the phone or on chat. You're welcome to call in on 0808 808 00 00 choosing options 1, 2 and 2 or submit a web chat choosing the option 'Welfare Benefits & Grants'. They will need information about your income, outgoings and any savings/investments you might have.

    Our publication Help with the Cost of Cancer is about getting financial help if you are affected by cancer in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. It looks at the different benefits that might be available to you.

    I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis, how are you just now? Have you had any surgery or any treatment?

    We have a team of cancer specialist nurses here on the support line if you have any clinical questions you’d like to ask about your diagnosis.

    We’re also here for your emotional support Mick. Being diagnosed with cancer can bring up all sorts of feelings and it can be helpful to talk about these to try and process what’s happening.

    Our lines are open from 8am until 8pm 7 days a week if you have any further questions or just want to talk things over.

    Take care.

    Alex, Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.