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Practical issues

Share experiences and advice on practical issues when living with cancer, such as money, work, benefits, transport, food and drink, organising support at home, or getting specialist equipment.

Cancer and Debt.........

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When someone is diagnosed with cancer there is usually a long period of treatment planned out to fight the disease.

The diagnosis and treatment, and all that follows, has such a huge emotionally impact on a family, but it can also cause financial strain that adds to all the stress.

Many families find that there is little they can do to ease the financial burden, as benefits never equal the income that has been lost. This can result in debt, and true despair at a situation that no one seems to have the answer to.

There is help available, and here are some of the routes you can try.

For those in financial crisis a non profit debt counselling agency can provide impartial advice. Here are some examples:

The Consumer Credit Counselling Service www.cccs.co.uk telephone 0800 138 1111

National debt line www.nationaldebtline.co.uk telephone 0808 808 4000

Citizens Advice www.citizensadvice.org.uk

If you are struggling emotionally , www.capuk.org can send someone to your home . Their job is to help, not judge.

You could also try some financial forums similar to share if you are looking for advice and support from people in the same position. A good site for this is: www.MoneySavingExpert.com

You are not alone, there is help and the problem is much more common than you think.

I hope this information helps in some small way. If anyone would like to add any information to this topic, or share their experiences, please feel free to do so.

Best wishes

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Recently a friend was diagnosed with a stomach cancer that had spread. Her prognosis was 6 months life expectancy and this hasm as you can imagine, devastarted her whole family.

In addition to the emotional impact the family were also unsure how they would cope financially as my friends husband is self employed. The type of job that he does means that should he remain with his wife for her remaining time, he will no longer have a business to go back to.

I suggested he pop along to his local Macmillan Advice center after finding a link here, and thankfully he has had such wonderful support and advice that his money worries have been resolved and he can now concentrate on his family and all that lays ahead.

If you are worried, please do not let this worry at to all the stress that you may already be feeling. Do ask for help, as early planning can make such a difference.

Good Luck.

Melanie X
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Hi Melanie,

My hubby was diagnosed with lung cancer in December and we were starting to stuggle living on sick pay. The benefits agency were useless - they said that we were not entitled to anything (even though I have been working and paying taxes etc for 24 years and hubby for 46 years - 70 years between us) so we called the MacMillan financial help line (phone number on the Mac home page)
They were brilliant and we are now getting the help that we need and the benefits that we are entitled too.
Being diagnosed with this dreadful disease is bad enough without being worried about finances.
Thank you for this thread.
K xx