Macmillan’s successful Counting the Cost of Cancer campaign aimed to reduce the financial impact of cancer for people in Wales. You can also read these pages in Welsh.
Cancer is the toughest fight many of us will face. People tell us that, after the diagnosis itself, money worries are their biggest concern.
Cancer is expensive. Whether it is keeping the car topped up with fuel for the frequent trips to hospital, higher heating bills or the worry of a reduced income.
What did we aim to do?
Our aim was to reduce the financial impact of cancer for people in Wales by:
We're delighted with the number of campaign successes. On the launch day there was a debate in the National Assembly on the areas raised in the report. Following this the Welsh Government launched its Cancer Strategy. It recognised our calls for the needs of patients in Wales to be assessed and formally recorded in a care plan. These assessments will include signposting to financial advice, information, support and access to welfare benefits advice.
The campaign received two awards in the CIPR PRide Cymru Wales Awards, and the award for most admired organisation in the Wales Council for Voluntary Action Third Sector Awards. It was also shortlisted for two awards in the UK PA News Awards 2012, including for best in-house team.
Find out more
Read the stories of people living with cancer who've faced financial hardship and share your own.
Find out more about the financial cost of cancer on people's lives across Wales.