If you are struggling with your finances or your income has been affected by your diagnosis you may be able to get some of the following state benefits:

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is not means tested and blood or marrow transplant patients are entitled to it.  If you have been refused it go back to your social worker for help with an appeal. 

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help with benefit advice.  They provide a free service which comprises independent and confidential advice to help you resolve your problems and understand your rights. They can give advice face-to-face, over the telephone, via e-mail or online http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/

They can also offer practical help with filling in forms and drafting letters.

It may also be worthwhile contacting the social worker either at St James’s or your local hospital.  Please see more information about the social worker’s role on this website.

Useful numbers and websites:

Citizens Advice Bureau

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Department of Work and Pensions Benefit Enquiry line – 0800 882 200

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/

Macmillan cancer Support Line – 0808 808 00 00

Macmillan booklet – The Cancers survivors guide.  This will be sent to you free of charge just phone – 0800 500 800

Cancer Research UK has a comprehensive section on government benefits that transplant patients may be entitled to:

http://cancerhelp.cancerresearchuk.org/coping-with-cancer/coping-practically/financial-support/government-benefits

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