Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Easing Financial Woes of Cancer Patients; in Association with the NHS Coping with Cancer Is Difficult Enough without All the Unforeseen Financial Burdens, but a New Service in Northumberland Is Helping Patients Get the Support They Need. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out More

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Easing Financial Woes of Cancer Patients; in Association with the NHS Coping with Cancer Is Difficult Enough without All the Unforeseen Financial Burdens, but a New Service in Northumberland Is Helping Patients Get the Support They Need. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out More

Article excerpt

Byline: JANE PICKEN

BENEFITS, tax entitlements, financial allowances, sorting out our finances is a minefield at the best of times.

But for someone dealing with cancer and the harsh effects of treatment, it could literally have them worried sick.

Once a diagnosis comes, many battling the disease face long-term chemotherapy, radiotherapy or disabilities, making maintaining a job impossible, and looking after a young family a daunting task.

But with financial help from Macmillan Cancer Support, the Citizens' Advice Bureau, (CAB), has set up a scheme serving patients, their families and carers in Northumberland.

Specially-trained benefits welfare advisors covering every corner of the county are now available in Northumberland CAB branches.

They can be called upon for advice relating to financial support, which might be available to patients with cancer and their loved ones.

"Even though someone is diagnosed with a serious illness, they still have to deal with the practicalities of everyday life," explains regional Macmillan development manager Stephen Williams.

"This service is very practical and aims to tackle what many patients are telling us is the next biggest problem for them after their worries about treatment - financial problems.

"Some people have no idea what the Government has in place to support them, but many who have spoken to an advisor say the service has been a life saver."

Five Macmillan benefits advisers now work out of six CAB offices covering Berwick, Alnwick, Castle Morpeth, Wansbeck, Blyth Valley and Tynedale.

Funded by Macmillan, the advisers have only just started taking referrals, but already they have spoken to 80 patients.

Doctors, Macmillan nurses and social workers can all refer a patient on to an adviser, but patients, their family or carers can also ask for support.

The Northumberland scheme was set up in part as a response to a massive study carried out by Macmillan into the issues which worry cancer patients the most.

Many told the charity money worries came second only to the pain of their illness, in terms of causing them anxiety and stress. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.