Benefits advice for those affected by cancer
This service, which is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, provides welfare benefits and debt advice to people affected by cancer and their families with the aim of maximising their income, reducing stress and anxiety and helping them through their diagnosis.
We operate out of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, with outreach support available at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. Support is available to anyone with cancer who is living in or being treated in Berkshire.
Although we only offer benefits advice to cancer sufferers through this service, we know that sometimes there will be other issues – like debt, employment or housing problems – that can arise following a cancer diagnosis. Our unique position as part of the Citizens Advice network means that we can often identify these problems and refer you for extra help at your local Citizens Advice (where available) so that you are fully supported.
We also work closely with the Macmillan Cancer Information Centres at the Royal Berkshire and Wexham Park Hospitals, the cancer CNS teams and the palliative care teams (both in the community and at the hospitals) to provide advice specific to cancer patients.
Access to the service is by referral only – normally from your Clinical Nurse Specialist or via the Macmillan Information Centre. If you would like to be referred for support, please talk to your specialist nurse or contact your nearest Macmillan Information Centre:
- Royal Berkshire Hospital Macmillan Information Centre: 0118 322 8700
- Wexham Park Hospital Macmillan Information Centre: 01753 634032