Help with additional costs

Help with health costs

The costs of cancer can have an impact on your finances when you have to keep buying things relating to your illness.

You might be entitled to help with the cost of dental treatment, wigs and fabric supports, eye treatment and fares to hospital. The following benefits can make life easier.

  • Wig and fabric supports
  • Dental treatment
  • Eye treatment
  • Low Income Scheme
  • Aids and equipment

Help with child costs

If you are a cancer patient and have children and are struggling financially, the following benefits are designed to help:

  • Tax Credit
  • Free school meals 
  • School clothing
  • Educational Maintenance Allowance

Help with transport costs

One of the extra costs that cancer patients face is the cost of travel to and from hospital for treatment. The following links take you to information that might enable to you get some help with these costs:

  • Fares to hospital
  • Bus, coach and train fares
  • Local transport
  • Road tax exemption
  • Visitors’ fares
  • Motability
  • Other transport help


If you have had cancer or you are living with cancer, you can sometimes face higher premiums, special conditions or refusal when buying life insurance and some types of health insurance.

  • Travel: It is possible that if you have, or have had, cancer you might find it difficult to get more affordable travel insurance.
  • Health: Having cancer can influence the decisions you need to make when you are buying health insurance.
  • Car: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is responsible for deciding whether you’re medically fit to drive. Provided the DVLA has issued you with a licence, you should normally be offered car insurance on standard terms.
  • Life: When you are buying life insurance there are some things that it might be helpful to consider.

For more information, contact the Macmillan Benefits advisors on 0300 123 3233 or visit the ‘Financial help’ section on the  Survivorship website.