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Having to cope with money problems, as well as the other aspects of cancer, is something you could do without – and is almost certainly avoidable if you think about it in advance. 

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Many people diagnosed with cancer have to stop work for several weeks or months after surgery or while having chemo or radiotherapy. If you are off work because of your cancer this may affect your wages, depending on your employment contract. Remember, too, that your partner may want, or need, to take time off work to spend more time with you.

At Cancer Connections we can:

  • See if you are entitled to any welfare benefit or other financial help.

  • Help you with filling in the application forms.

  • If you need more specialist assistance we will, with your permission, refer you to the South Tyneside Welfare Support Service who will contact you to arrange telephone advice or an appointment with an advisor at South Shields Town Hall, Jarrow Town Hall or at Action Station, Boldon Lane. 

  •  This help is free of charge. To arrange an appointment telephone 0191 456 5081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Alternatively, call in to Cancer Connections. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm at 258 Harton Lane, South shields NE34 0LR.


****  It's not your fault if cancer causes you financial difficulty. Don't be too embarrassed to seek help before things get out of control.  ****