People can lose income and face extra bills when they have cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support offers advice...
Listen to their concerns and offer reassurance. You may not be able to help them financially, but you could support them in other ways, such as looking after their children while they attend appointments, popping by with a hot meal or just calling for a chat.
Money worries during cancer are a common problem, but help is available. Sufferers may be entitled to a means-tested grant, benefits, or a discount on energy bills. Macmillan provides all this advice and more at macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries
Claim free prescriptions
Make sure they claim free prescriptions. If someone has a cancer diagnosis, all their prescriptions will be free of charge. Request an exemption certificate from your GP or cancer clinic and have them sign it. You can then show it to your pharmacist and it will last five years.
Help covering travel costs
Travelling to appointments can be expensive, but those on a low income and on certain benefits may be able to have some travel costs reimbursed if they bring a medical exemption certificate or proof of their benefits entitlement to hospital.