For some, the financial stress of cancer feels worse than the illness itself
Every 15 minutes, someone in Ireland is told: "You have cancer." It is devastating news. This year alone, around 35,000 people will hear it.
Happily, a growing number of these people will survive the illness and return to full health and a normal life. This is thanks to new drugs and treatments and the fact that our cancer service is now very well organised and, despite the recession, continues to get the public money it needs.
For the patient, a cancer journey is very hard. Life is turned upside down. Apart from being sick, he or she has to face the fact that they have cancer - a very serious illness, which is possibly even life-threatening.