A diagnosis of cancer can be frightening. It may also have financial implications for you.
It’s important that you take care of yourself and find both emotional and practical support.
Patients who are being treated for cancer can apply for a medical exemption (MedEx) certificate which will allow you to get free prescriptions. You can get an application form from your doctor and it will need to be countersigned by your GP or consultant. Prescriptions are free for all patients in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Your sarcoma clinical nurse specialist should be able to advise you on the types of benefits you can claim or any special funding you can apply for. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can also give you benefits information and many branches can help you fill out application forms. Macmillan Cancer Support have a number of benefit advisors who offer financial advice and support to cancer patients including advice about returning to work following cancer treatment.
There are many services which can support you throughout your treatment and recovery.
Rehabilitation for sarcoma can involve the services of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, clinical nurse specialists, orthotics and prosthetics.
If you feel that you are not getting the right support or you are not getting access to the support you need, there are a number of services that can help.
PALS offers confidential advice and information about healthcare related issues. PALS can help resolve concerns or provide information about the NHS complaints procedure. You can find PALS at your local NHS hospital.
If you have any challenges getting support, the Citizens Advice Bureau can provide free and impartial advice. You can visit their website for information and to find the closest centre to you.
Advocacy services can provide help to ensure your voice is heard. These services may give advice about ways to have more say in your care. There are many different advocacy services available, including The Advocacy People and POhWER.