There are many aspects of the impact of cancer on everyday life – emotional and financial – and we know that cancer affects more than just our body. Cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect your ability to work due to energy levels, hospital appointments and possibly needing additional support at home. Until we, or someone close to us, is diagnosed we can be unaware of the hidden costs of cancer.
These are a few organisations and charities available to help you regain as normal a life as possible after a diagnosis of cancer.
Macmillan Cancer Support Workers
Macmillan support workers aren’t nurses, but work with clinical nurse specialists to try and improve the support that’s offered to people. If you’re local to Bristol you can contact Macmillan support workers on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0117 342 1526.
Macmillan Cancer Support has a range of information resources to help you plan and manage your day to day finances including a budget planner.
Bristol Citizens Advice and Macmillan Cancer Support work together to deliver a dedicated welfare benefits advice service aimed at supporting people affected by cancer. The specialist caseworkers can help clients with benefit entitlement, filling in forms, appealing benefit award decisions as well as sourcing and applying for any charitable grants which you may be entitled to.
Ask your Macmillan or specialist nurse to make a referral and someone can get in contact with you.
You can call 0117 946 2563 (please note that this number will put you in touch with an administrator who can help to refer you into the service, but will not be able to offer advice) or email email@example.com.
Check your local Citizens Advice website to see if this service is available in your area.
StepChange – debt charity
StepChange’s team of experts help people to deal with their debt problems through free and impartial debt advice that’s tailored to suit you and your situation.
Someone from StepChange can work with you to complete an income and expenditure statement and then use this information to recommend the most appropriate debt solution for you. You’ll receive a personal action plan to address your debt problem and work with you until your situation is resolved.
You can call StepChange and speak to an adviser through their helpline on 0800 138 1111 (make sure you’ve completed a budget form before calling. A debt service call can take up to 40 minutes to complete), or through a live web chat or by email.