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If you get into debt because of reduced income and higher outgoings due to cancer, seek help as soon as possible, and don't panic. This information will help you understand the basics of debt management, and provides tools to help you deal with your debts.
If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with cancer, money may be the last thing on your mind. However, when people contact Macmillan for help, money is often one of their most common worries.
Living with cancer can bring extra expenses. You may have to travel to hospital, which could mean paying for fares, petrol or parking. You may need a special diet. Your heating bills could go up because you’re at home more during the day. At the same time, cancer may mean a loss of income if you can’t work because you’re ill or caring for someone.
Cancer can tip your financial balance in the wrong direction, even if you’ve always been careful with your money. Maybe you’re worried about getting into debt and want to take steps to prevent this from happening. Perhaps you find yourself in debt for the first time, or maybe the debts you already had are now becoming unmanageable. We hope the information on this page answers some of the questions you may have about managing your debt.
Try to deal first with debts relating to mortgage or rent arrears, or essential services to your home, such as fuel supplies. Find out about help with housing costs|.
See our list of organisations that can offer free, independent and impartial advice on debt problems, and our jargon buster will guide you through the financial terms you might encounter.
Money matters can seem complicated. This information tries to keep it simple. It provides basic information that can help you to manage common debt problems. It shows you how to deal with your debts by following a clear, step-by-step process:
You may still be thinking about borrowing money. It makes sense to choose the cheapest type of borrowing. See our borrowing section for more information about this. Whenever you borrow money, you should try to have a clear idea of how you will make the repayments.
Content last reviewed: 1 May 2012
Next planned review: 2013
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
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