Apart from managing the disease, victims are often unable to meet the sudden surge in expenditures, a survey of more than 1600 cancer victims has revealed. On an average 83% of victims incurred costs close to about £270 a month.
Cancer patients in the UK need to spend hundreds of pounds a month extra and this pinches their pocket, especially if they have children to take care and are already paying hefty mortgages.
For those who need to quit their job or take a break due to the disease, its double whammy, as loss of income adds to their growing worries. Some of them are unable to work due to the condition.
Even keeping up the appointments at hospital and the cost of transportation has gone quite high. Nearly 22% of victims felt medicines are very expensive.
With the number of cancer cases doubling in recent years, it is high time the government, NHS and business houses team up to assist people in grappling with the disease.