Financial support for older people with cancer

Financial support

Having cancer can cause extra expenses. For example, you might have to pay for phone calls, transport to and from the hospital, and car parking. If you are struggling to cope with extra costs, you may be able to get help.


There are lots of benefits that could help you after a cancer diagnosis. The benefits you may be entitled to depend on factors like your age, your income and where you live. If someone is caring for you, they may also be entitled to benefits. You can call 0808 808 00 00 to speak to our welfare rights advisers about which benefits might be available and how to claim them. Your local Citizens Advice or Age UK can also give you advice on benefits and other types of financial support.

Financial guidance

Planning, managing and understanding your finances can help you cope with extra costs related to cancer. You can call 0808 808 00 00 to speak to our financial guides. They can help you with decisions about your finances, including:

  • pensions
  • insurance
  • mortgages
  • rent
  • taxes
  • savings.


If you need things like extra clothing, help paying heating bills or even a relaxing break, you may be able to get a Macmillan Grant. These are small, mostly one-off payments to help people affected by cancer who have a low level of income and savings.

A Macmillan Grant does not normally affect the benefits you are entitled to. You need to apply for this grant through a health or social care professional.

As well as Macmillan Grants, there may be other grants and loans you could get if you need financial help.

To find out more about grants, call us on 0808 808 00 00.

Sorting out your financial affairs

Whatever your age, sorting out your affairs can help to give you peace of mind. It can also help other people make sure they follow your wishes in the future. Planning ahead could include:

  • writing a will
  • putting funeral plans in place
  • sorting out what will happen to your possessions (your estate).

Some charities offer a free will-writing service, which you may find useful. Or you can speak to an independent solicitor.

Talk to your family and friends about the type of funeral you would like. This means that your funeral is more likely to reflect your wishes.

You can call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 for more information about sorting out your financial affairs.

Marnie at Macmillan helped me with all sorts of things, like transport to my radiotherapy. She got me £280 towards taxis, which was one less thing to worry about.