A cancer diagnosis can mean time off work and changing circumstances. Here is our guide to finding financial help with the costs of cancer.
Many people do realise the cost of cancer to health, but perhaps fewer appreciate that the illness has a financial impact on sufferers.
The North East has the highest rates of oesophageal cancer in the world, but nine out of ten of us would not recognise the signs.
Research carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support found that 4 out of 5 cancer patients are hit by additional costs of around £570 per month because of their illness. That figure is the same as the average monthly mortgage payment.
When cancer of the oesophagus first develops it rarely causes any symptoms. This is because the tumour is very small. It is only when the cancer starts to become larger and more advanced that symptoms will start to develop. Those might include:
- difficulty swallowing
- unexplained weight loss (caused by a combination of difficulties swallowing and the cancer’s harmful effects on your body)
- pain when swallowing (odynophagia)
- throat pain and discomfort
- persistent indigestion
- persistent cough
- coughing blood
The North East of England has the world's highest rates of cancer of the oesophagus and stomach, according to Public Health England, partly due to our high levels of obesity.
However, nine out of ten of us would not recognise the symptoms.
A new TV advert showing in the North East and North Cumbria will raise awareness of what to look for.
Lucy Taylor reports.
A man from Newcastle is joining the campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal cancer.
Robert Atwell was diagnosed nine years ago after his doctor recognised the signs, when he visited her for something entirely different.
Thanks to his GP, Robert's illness was identified early, and now he is warning anyone else experiencing heartburn, indigestion or trouble swallowing to get their symptoms checked out.
A new TV advert from Public Health England campaign aims to highlight the symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers.
The North East of England has the highest rate of oesophageal and stomach cancer in the UK, and the UK has the highest rate of any country in the world. A new TV advert from the Be Clear on Cancer campaign aims to highlight symptoms of the diseases, which affect 750 people in the region every year.
A new App has been launched by a leading cancer charity tapping into the new craze of citizen scientists, where by we all help scientists analyse data.
The game is set in space and gamers travel around avoiding asteroids.
But scientists and the game's designers have mapped the targets out by relating them to data about breast cancer.
The route gamers then take through space creates a path that scientists will use to understand trends in cancer genes.
David Wood reports.