Counting cost of cancer campaign success

There are 130,000 people living with cancer in Wales, and more than half of these people worry about money.

This is a result of people’s income dropping as they have to take time off work for treatment or stop working altogether.

Travelling for treatment, keeping the heating on because they feel the cold more and buying special foods and new clothing as a result of the side effects of treatment are all additional costs which few can afford.

In our video, Nikki, from Ceredigion, talks about coping with increased costs after her husband Ian was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.

Did you know?

  • There are 130,000 people living with cancer in Wales.
  • More than half of cancer patients worry about money.
  • Only one in three cancer patients over 65 receive financial help in Wales.

What we wanted to achieve

Our aim was to reduce the financial impact of cancer for people in Wales by:

  • Raising awareness of the financial impact of cancer amongst the public, the Welsh government, health services and local authorities.
  • Influencing the government, health services and local authorities to recognise the need for people affected by cancer in Wales to have financial advice and support.
  • Making sure that every person diagnosed with cancer in Wales has access to financial advice and support.
  • Addressing any gaps in service provision and making sure that financial advice services and support are sustained for people affected by cancer. 

We have come a long way

We're delighted with the number of campaign successes so far. On the day we launched the campaign 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.

If you're looking for financial advice right now...

Help is at hand through Macmillan’s welfare benefits advisers and the Macmillan support line.

Read our full campaign report Counting the cost of cancer to find out more.

You should not be penalised for having cancer.

Nikki, whose husband Ian was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer