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Study reveals the high costs of cancer treatment

Researchers at the University of Bristol surveyed 1,600 UK cancer patients to examine the impact on their finances during treatment. They found:

  • Travelling to hospital appointments costs two in three patients £170 a month.
  • Patients face an additional cost of £37 a month for parking charges at hospitals.
  • A third said their fuel bills increased by about £24 a month.
  • 30% said they were losing around £860 a month in earnings because they are unable to work or had to cut down their hours.

Facing cancer costs most sufferers £570 a month

Researchers found hospital appointments cost two in three patients around £170 each month. Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Cancer sufferers are forced to pay an average bill of £570 a month through their treatment, researchers have found.

Macmillan Cancer Support said four out of five patients face the "whopping" amount, which is comparable to a monthly mortgage payment.

Researchers at University of Bristol found the diagnosis of cancer often led to raised fuel bills, repeated travel costs for hospital appointments and a loss of income.

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Macmillan: Cancer patients are 'punished for their condition'

Mike Hobday, director of policy and research at Macmillan Cancer Support, has said that cancer patients are in a "dire" situation facing high energy costs combined with a lower income.

It follows a survey of cancer patients showing that more than half of respondents were concerned about heating their homes.

Thousands of cancer patients are falling behind with their energy bills and resorting to turning the heating off, even though its vital for their recovery that they keep warm.

Cancer patients simply cannot afford to meet rising fuel prices at a time when many suffer a loss of income - it is appalling that they are being punished for their condition.

– Mike Hobday, Macmillan Cancer Support

Survey: Cancer patients are in debt to energy companies

The cancer charity Macmillan has warned that around 27,000 cancer patients in the UK could be in debt as a result of falling behind on their energy bills.

A survey of 535 people who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years found that:

  • 5% of respondents are currently in debt to their heating provider
  • 54% are worried about the cost of heating their homes this winter
  • 30% have had to turn off the heating in the last three months to save money
  • 34% have put on outdoor clothes indoors to keep warm
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