A recent survey by Yougov for MacMillan Cancer has uncovered the extent that cancer patients are struggling financially. The survey of 1,500 patients found that one in six were being forced to cut back on everyday essentials such as buying food.

Further finding from the survey confirmed 5% of people had skipped a meal to save money and 7% were in fear of losing their house. The survey unveiled the true cost of fighting cancer for people in the UK, nearly a third of people fighting cancer have spent all or some of their savings, with a further 9% having to borrow money.

Benefits system

Over the next 5 years the benefits system in the UK will be changed dramatically. The Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and some other benefits will be rolled into one Univeral benefit. This includes other benefits such as housing benefit, income based job seekers allowance and tax credits.

The changes are expected to make the financial situation much more difficult for people with cancer. MacMillan suggests 7,000 cancer patients will be up to £94 a week worse off.

Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Cancer is an expensive disease to live with, but this research shows just how close to the breadline many cancer patients really are.