In the letter, Kate Lee explains how the first three months of treatment for young people and families are a difficult and expensive time and urges the Minister to review the benefits available for young cancer patients so they get financial support backdated from the day of diagnosis.
Cancer costs from day one
From the day a child or young person gets the news they have cancer, the financial impact can be felt immediately. The first three months of treatment for young cancer patients are a difficult and expensive time as treatment starts immediately and is often a long way from home.
However, young cancer patients have to wait three months before they can apply to the Government for benefits designed to help with the cost of an illness or disability. We don’t think this is right. That’s why we’re asking the Government to review this.
How you can help
Email your MP asking them to urge the Government to review benefits for young cancer patients so they receive the support they need.
Download the letter to Government Minister Sarah Newton MP.
Find out more
Read more about the Cancer costs from day one campaign.