Dorset Cancer Patients Under Financial Strain
9:01am 19th April 2013
(Updated 9:02am 19th April 2013)
Cancer patients in Dorset are spending the same amount each month as a mortgage, to cope with their illness.
New research says 4 in 5 spend around £570 a month on travelling to hospital appointments, medication and fuel bills following treatment.
5650 people have cancer in Dorset, and it's led to concern some are struggling to cope with the costs of bills.
Last year cancer charity MacMillan used its grant programme to give 259 people financial assistance of nearly £70,000 to help with extra costs.
Charity leaders are now calling on the Government and the NHS to urgently increase support to people affected.
Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
"This new research shows that cancer comes with a whopping price tag for many patients. Combined with the current recession and with welfare cuts, the cost of the disease is hitting the most vulnerable hardest. With the number of people living with cancer in the UK doubling from two to four million by 2030, this is a growing problem which cannot be ignored9.
For financial support visit http://www.macmillan.org.uk/financialsupport to find your nearest face-to face-benefits advisor, or call us free on 0808 808 00 00.