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Repro Free: Dublin: 05/10/2105 Cancer Survivour Triona Farrell and her husband John are pictured at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s report of an in-depth survey called ‘The Real Cost of Cancer’. The research, which carried out by Millward Brown, shows that many cancer patients and their families face a financial crisis while they are going through their treatment. A large number of patients face a severe drop in income while at the same time running up extra bills on a range of items.
The average extra spend per month for a cancer patient, even those with a medical card or private health insurance, is €862, according to the survey, while those who cannot work, work less or lose income as a result of having cancer face an income drop averaging €1,400 a month, or €16,750 per year. Picture Andres Poveda
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