Can you bear the cost of cancer?
There are few things more stressful than battling cancer, but many cancer sufferers find the disease is leaving them with huge financial difficulties too.
The Irish Cancer Society says there has been an 82% increase in the number of cancer patients asking for cash support to pay for necessities like heat and travel expenses over the last five years. Last year, it paid more than €1.5 million to cancer patients and their families through the Financial Support Scheme.
Highlighting the physical and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, the society says no one should face the additional burden of money worries and it has launched a survey to calculate the costs being faced by cancer patients and their families
Cancer patients hit hard financially
Queries about cancer costs such as heating and travel are now the third most frequent type of call to the Cancer Nurseline, according to Head of Advocacy and Communications Kathleen O’Meara.
“Our information shows that a cancer diagnosis hits patients and their families hard financially. If someone is self-employed, young, without private health insurance, not eligible for a medical card or doesn’t have savings, they are left in a very vulnerable position of being unable to manage basic expenses such as heating and travel to hospital for treatment. We are hearing from an increasing number of these people who are finding it difficult to meet these additional expenses”, she said.
Now, the Irish Cancer Society is undertaking a major campaign to highlight the financial effect of a cancer diagnosis and find out how cancer patients and their families are affected financially during and after treatment.
To take part in the survey, please click here: REAL COST SURVEY.
If you are affected by cancer and have financial worries, please call the Irish Cancer Society Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 or visit www.cancer.ie for more information.
Irish Cancer Society Case Studies
Patricia Dempsey talks about how her cancer diagnosis impacted on her income.
John Langton, a self-employed cancer survivor talks about the financial impact of a diagnosis.