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Mother with cancer ‘anxious’ because she can’t afford food, rent or heating due to the price crisis

Lara Burwell, 30, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2019 but inflation means she’s had to turn off the heat entirely and is now struggling to afford her rent

Lara Burwell's immune system has been weakened since she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2019
Lara Burwells [pictured] Her immune system has been compromised since she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2019

Cancer patients are having to cut back on groceries and essentials to afford living expenses amid warnings that inflation – the measure of the price of basic necessities – could reach peaks of 9% by the end of the year.

Lara Burwell’s immune system has been weakened since she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2019.

The 30-year-old is currently being treated.

She lives in Somerset with her partner and young son and used to work as a nursery manager.

“To me, cancer and the rising cost of living are the worst combination imaginable,” said Lara.

“No matter what cuts we make to save money, we simply can’t afford to live anymore.”

The young woman says it took a toll on her health and she is now very scared.







Lara says she’s worried about how the next wave of price increases will affect her treatment and daily life
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“I’m overwhelmingly scared as all the money worries are adding up and on top of that I’m so concerned about how our standard of living will affect my recovery from cancer.

“We turned off the heating completely, which is terrible as my treatment makes me really cold, but even with that saving I’m not sure we can afford the rent anymore.

“The cost of gas and parking to get to the hospital three times a week for treatment is increasing, and alongside it all, the process of receiving personal independence payments to help with the life-altering side effects of my cancer has been relentless.

“It took a three year struggle and two more tumors to finally get the support I deserved.”







According to the Macmillan charity, almost a third of cancer patients indoors are more likely to wear coats or dressing gowns to keep warm without incurring additional expenses
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According to the Macmillan charity, almost a third of cancer patients indoors are more likely to wear coats or dressing gowns to keep warm without incurring additional expenses.

Figures show that one in six washed less or no clothes or bedding at all to keep costs down.

The charity said nearly a quarter of people living with cancer agreed with the statement, “It feels like I just can’t afford to live right now.”

Since December, 24% of people diagnosed with cancer said they bought less groceries or cooked fewer meals to cope with the rising cost of living.

Macmillan’s research shows that 83% of people with cancer in the UK experience a financial impact from their diagnosis, and for those affected this averages out to £891 a month, on top of usual expenses.







Calls to the charity about energy support have increased by 87% since April 1st
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dr Anthony Cunliffe, Macmillan’s National Clinical Advisor for Primary Care, said: “At a time when the health of people living with cancer must come first, it is devastating to hear the toll the cost of living crisis is taking on wellbeing many people.

“Nutrition, warmth and hygiene are all critical to keeping people with cancer healthy enough for treatment and to aid in their recovery, and to hear of people being forced to deprive themselves of these essentials is extremely worrying.

“I urge anyone affected by cancer who has concerns or questions about the impact of the cost of living crisis on their health and well-being to contact Macmillan’s support line. We’re here to make sure you get the support you need.”

Macmillan said it has seen high demand for its financial needs support services in recent months, with the number of energy support calls up by 87% since the price cap on energy bills went into effect in April, compared to a year earlier.

Christopher Jones, Energy Team Leader at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Every day we hear from more and more people living with cancer who are feeling the enormous pressure of the rising cost of living on top of the additional costs that a diagnosis already brings can.

“We used to hear from people choosing between eating and heating, but now we hear from people who can’t afford either.

“People with cancer need to live, not just survive, and we urge everyone who is concerned about money to enlist the support of Macmillan. We are here to make sure people get the help they need and deserve.”

More than 2,000 people across the UK who had been diagnosed with cancer were surveyed.

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