Financial assistance

You might feel concerned about the financial impact of your advanced cancer. You may need advice about negotiating leave from work or obtaining an early superannuation payment, or cashing in life insurance (see "Directory of Services").

Short-term financial help is available through the Sickness Benefit and longer-term help is provided through the Invalids Benefit. You may qualify for extra help through accommodation supplements and assistance with medical bills.

If you need to travel some distance to your medical appointments you may qualify for transport and accommodation costs. Your treatment centre or local Cancer Society can advise you about what sort of help is available.

For information on your entitlements contact Work and Income on 0800 559 009. The Cancer Society has an Information Sheet on “Benefits and Entitlements”.

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