How people benefit 2018-11-14T14:53:15+00:00

The ‘hidden price tag’ of cancer costs four in five patients £570 a month

Source: Macmillan Cancer Support

How people benefit

Cancer is a physical disease but, like any illness, it affects who you are and how you make sense of the world. A sense of well-being enables people affected by cancer during and after treatment to lead as normal and active life as possible it is an integral part of the cancer pathway. It is also essential that well-being support is available to families and carers as it is essential that their support needs are met as well. This holistic approach leads to more positive outcomes to people affected by cancer.

From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer, your life is taken over by hospital visits, treatments, tests, uncertainty and often financial worries.

People with cancer bear additional costs due to their illness at a time when they can least afford the worry. Macmillan Cancer Support (2013) launched a campaign revealing the ‘hidden price tag’ of cancer, which costs four in five patients £570 a month. This loss of income is often due to cutting down hours at work, travelling to appointments, hospital parking, higher use of gas and electricity while recovering at home and additional purchases because of surgery and treatment.

It is important for people with cancer to have some positive time away from the disease; to have some respite and the chance to focus on relationships, create positive memories and spend some quality, fun time together. However, due to the financial burden of the illness, many people are unable to afford any of ‘life’s little luxuries’.

‘Something To Look Forward To’ benefits people affected by cancer and financial difficulty by providing positive things to look forward to which have been generously donated by companies and kind individuals.

Cancer is a physical disease but, like any illness, it affects who you are and how you make sense of the world. A sense of well-being enables people affected by cancer during and after treatment to lead as normal and active life as possible and it is an integral part of the cancer pathway. It is also essential that well-being support is available to families and carers as it is important that their support needs are met as well. This holistic approach offered by the ‘Something To Look Forward To’ service leads to more positive outcomes for people affected by cancer.