Going through cancer can cause financial worries and issues. There is help and support available but sometimes it can be hard to find. This page provides some practical tips and guidance for where you can find help, information and support.
1. Macmillan National support telephone helpline
This is a free and confidential phone service for people living with and affected by cancer.
Call: 0808 808 0000
Open 7 days a week 8am to 8pm
They have two types of advisers:
Specialist – the welfare benefits team
Financial guidance – energy advice, pensions and mortgages
2. Macmillan in-person support
You can go into a Macmillan centre and speak to a financial support adviser in person.
To find a local Macmillan Financial support adviser check out this website page – Macmillan In Your Area.
3. Macmillan grants
Macmillan Grants are small, one-off payments to help people with the extra costs that cancer can cause. They are for people who have a low level of income and savings. For more information see this website page – Macmillan Grants and Loans
4. Macmillan website
The Macmillan website has a lot of information that will help you. Here are links to some of the most helpful places on the website.
Macmillan page on what benefits you might be entitled to claim after a cancer diagnosis.
Macmillan Benefits Calculator can help you find out which benefits and financial support you could be entitled to.
Macmillan Financial Support Tool. Information about what you might be entitled to and where to go for help.
Macmillan Welfare Rights Advisers can help if you’re worried about financial matters. You can call the free helpline to speak to one of their advisors.
The Citizens Advice are very well placed to advise you on what benefits you are entitled to, and to help you claim those benefits. You can visit your local Citizens Advice in person or you can call the national helpline. Full contact details are available on the Citizens Advice website here.
Maggies are able to help with many benefits queries. They have an excellent information page on their website about all the benefits that you might be able to claim. If you live near a Maggies centre you can go into the centre and speak to a Maggie’s Benefits Advisor who can help you to understand what benefits or other support applies to you if you have cancer or are caring for someone who does; fill out application forms; and discuss issues that come up as you go through the claims process or if your circumstances change over time.
See if there is a Maggies Centre near here using this link.
Cancer Research UK
CRUK have lots of information on their website about benefits.
We’ve put this list of recommendations together from our experience as patients but we encourage to use these as a starting point from which to do your own research. The links and/or recommendations in this article to third-party resources are for your information and we take no responsibility for the content contained in those third-party resources. Any product recommendations made in this article are not product endorsements and unless otherwise stated, they are made without any affiliation to the brand of that product. We ask you to note that there may be other similar products available.
Reviewed May 2023
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