If you have mesothelioma, your financial circumstances might change. You might have extra expenses such as travel costs to hospital. You might feel worried about how you and your family are going to manage financially. If you’re diagnosed with mesothelioma, you and your family can apply for financial assistance.
Read more about getting legal advice and claiming compensation for your mesothelioma diagnosis.
You might be entitled to claim general state benefits. This can really help with your family’s income. Some key benefits to be aware of are:
Industrial injuries disablement benefit (IIDB). This is for people who can show they were exposed to asbestos in their job (even if they didn’t work directly with asbestos). People cannot claim who were self-employed at the time they were exposed to asbestos.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP), previously known as Disability Living Allowance, is available (depending on your circumstances) if you are aged under 65 when you apply.
Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or older.
Carer’s Allowance is for people who care for someone with substantial caring needs for 35 hours a week or more.
Employment and Support Allowance is a benefit for people who are of working age but are unable to work because of their illness.
The Blue Badge scheme is a parking badge which helps you park closer to your destination. For more information, go to the following websites:
Special rules for terminally ill people. If a person is terminally ill and expected to live for six months or less, they can get Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment immediately. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will fast-track the application.
What you might be eligible to claim
If you're living with a lung condition or caring for someone who is, you might be eligible for financial support. Find out what's available and who qualifies.
A new hope for improved mesothelioma treatment
Ian from our research team talks about CheckMate 743, a study offering hope to those with mesothelioma. As one of his focus areas in research, news of progress in this study was something he was pleased to hear about.