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Thousands of Pounds Help Cancer Patients with Treatment Costs in Dorset


7:40am 15th January 2014
(Updated 12:09pm 16th January 2014)

Nearly £80,000 of grants have been given out to cancer patients in Dorset to help with the costs of treatment.

Macmillan Cancer Support helped 265 people last year with the costs of clothing, heating bills, transport and other practical items.

The charity's director for England, Dr Fran Woodard says people can be overwhelmed with the costs until they find out support is there.

"The actual impact of having cancer is already a hugely difficult thing to live with and going through the treatment but then having this additional hidden worry about finances not being able to afford the basic stuff.

"But we've had now numerous wonderful [success] stories."

One of the stories includes Julie from Dorchester's daughter who as diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 27. Julie describes what it was like before they got help: "My daughter had been signed off from work and was only getting sick pay.

"Her life had been turned upside down. The rent was overdue and although I was providing as much food as I could, thing here are tight."

After help from Macmillian she says: "We received a cheque and were able to make it to the additional appointments nd the opertion. I didn't realise how much stress I was under beforehand, but now we're slowly getting everything sorted with the help of the service and my daughter's getting better day by day."

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