Revealed: the €1,200 hidden cost of cancer
Cancer patients are struggling with massive bills of up to €1,200 a month as they battle their illness.
A raft of hidden costs - from medications, doctors' fees, hospital car-parking, home heating, travel and childcare fees - is putting a massive financial strain on patients.
A new report from the Irish Cancer Society, which was carried out by Millward Brown, has laid bare 'The Real Cost of Cancer'.
It found that cancer sufferers are left shouldering the burden of a range of costs, most of which are not covered by health insurance, a medical card or social welfare.
More than half of cancer patients are spending €155 a month on medications, some of which are needed to alleviate the side-effects of treatment.
And patients are spending €287 a month on basics such as travelling to appointments, petrol and parking and eating in hospital.