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

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Cancer patients in fuel poverty

Around 27,000 cancer sufferers in the UK could be in debt to their energy provider as a result of falling behind on bills, according to a survey by Macmillan Cancer Support.