The Bone Cancer Research Trust are delighted to announce the launch of new Financial Assistance Grants for UK patients and their families to help reduce the increased financial pressures experienced during bone cancer treatment.
Since the launch of the Bone Cancer Research Trust's Support & Information Service in 2019, patients and their families have regularly reported increased uncertainty and stress around family finances during treatment. Increased travel, accommodation and extra bills can amount to £600 of extra expenditure every month according to research by Clic Sargent.
During treatment, patients and their families have enough uncertainty and stress, without mounting financial worries. To help alleviate some of these worries and support patients further, today the Bone Cancer Research Trust have launched new Financial Assistance Grants available for all new primary bone cancer & tumour patients in the UK.
Every new patient (or parent / carer of a patient under 18) can now apply for a £50 Financial Support Grant. A further £120 Travel Assistance Grant is also available for patients who undergo Proton Beam Therapy as part of their treatment in the UK. Louise Kirby, Support & Information Manager at the Bone Cancer Research Trust said:
For too long patients and their families have faced financial worries at a time when all they want to do is focus on their loved one going through treatment. We cannot take away all the financial impact, but our new grants will certainly help at a time when it is needed most, especially now as families also face added pressures due to COVID-19.
Grants are now available for patients of all ages in the UK diagnosed since August 2020 with any of the following conditions:
- Ewing sarcoma
- Spindle Cell Sarcoma of the Bone
- Angiosarcoma of the Bone
- Giant Cell Tumour of the Bone
To apply for a grant or for more information, please call the Bone Cancer Research Trust Support & Information Line on 0800 111 4855 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm) or click below.