If you are working, you may need to take time off work for treatment and recovery. You will need to talk to your employer about what support they can offer during this time (e.g. reduced hours, flexible working, working from home). There is information available from the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service on work and cancer.
If you are self employed, or your employer does not pay for sick leave, you may be qualify for incapacity benefit from the Isle of Man Government.
The Isle of Man Government Social Security Office has a range of benefits which you may qualify for depending on your personal situation.
Some of the benefits available are:
The Benefits Information Guide, available from the Social Security Office or Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service, may help you decide which benefits are relevant to your personal circumstances.
Social Security Offices:
Age Isle of Man also provide advice and support with applying for benefits to those over the age of 50.
If you have financial concerns, it may be beneficial to speak with an Independent Financial Adviser. Most Advisers will offer a free first consultation. For a list of Independent Financial Advisers, contact the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service.
If you are in financial difficulty, there may be other sources of financial support, e.g. grants from charitable organisations, available to you. For more information, contact the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service.
After a cancer diagnosis, you may find it harder to get insurance. The Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service has a list of travel insurance companies who provide cover to those with a cancer diagnosis.