Just thought I’d post this for anyone who is a member of Benenden health care. You may not know that they offer financial support for anyone diagnosed with cancer. I have been a member since childhood as my mum was a civil servant & didn’t realise until 2 months after diagnosis. I called them yesterday & they can help with direct costs associated with your condition: wigs, bras etc travel & parking costs, plus help in the home; extra heating, cleaning. they will pay for new clothes if your weight changes significantly because of treatment & they will fund 1 recuperative break once treatment is over. SO I am glad I made that call!!! Also it is not means tested they just need a release of your medical notes for a panel to assess & then you make a request for the help you need up to a limit they set (not sure how much it is but think it may be quite generous???) - will keep you posted.
I know this may be obscure for most people as it only applies of you work for civil service or loacl govt but I hope it helps somebody here