You will almost certainly have extra costs while you are being treated for cancer, especially if you also have to reduce your working hours or if you cannot work at all. It may be a comfort to know that financial help is available to you and your family.
Coping with finances
On average young people are spending around £277 on extra expenses every month as a result of cancer diagnosis and treatment. This means that you may find yourself struggling to play catch-up with all of your normal bills and day-to-day expenses.
Not only that, but your savings could be swallowed up by general living costs. You may also resort to borrowing money or paying for essential items on credit.
In the following video, young people talk about how cancer has affected their lives.
It may be a comfort to know that financial support is available in the form of benefits and grants and there are a number of ways you can live on a reduced income and borrow money safely. There is further information available throughout the financial support webpages.
Filling in forms
Claiming benefits and allowances involves lots of forms, but it’s important to claim as soon as possible because some payments can’t be backdated.
You may find it hard to fill these out without some help, but don’t worry – your CLIC Sargent Social Worker can help you and put you in touch with specialist advice and support.
Find out more
You can find out more by contacting our Welfare Advice Service. For a detailed review of what you're entitled to, call CLIC Sargent on 0300 330 0803 and we will put you in touch with one of our specialist benefits advisors.
Updated August 2016, next review due 2017.