A cancer diagnosis comes with an additional financial burden, with young cancer patients and their families facing a range of extra monthly costs throughout their treatment. The cost of travel, food, energy and clothing are just some of the things that are affected. These combined costs all add up to a significant added amount for children and young people with cancer and their families.
A cancer diagnosis also comes with an additional financial penalty, with most young people and their families experiencing a loss of income and earnings. Having to take time off or away from work, or needing to change employment arrangements because of treatment mean these income losses can be substantial.
As a result of these extra costs, as well as the penalty they face to their income, a cancer diagnosis for many children, young people and their families means experiencing financial difficulties and hardships.
We believe that no one should have to face spiralling debt because of cancer. We want to see action to ease the #CancerCosts burden faced by children, young people and their families, to ensure they get the immediate and lasting support they need.
Our survey said
In our research, we asked young cancer patients and their families about the costs they have experienced following their cancer diagnosis and how it impacted them.
Almost £700 extra a month spent by young cancer patients and their families following a cancer diagnosis
15% increase in the extra costs faced by young cancer patients and their families since 2017.
Seven in 10 young cancer patients and their families experiencing a loss in income and earning following a cancer diagnosis