real cost of cancer

The Real Cost of Cancer: Cost of Living survey – November 2022

Cancer patients and their loved ones are facing a financial crisis while going through treatment for cancer  according to the results of our report

Cancer has a profound effect on a person and their family’s financial health and wellbeing: a household can face a reduced income and increased costs. The cost of living crisis is also adding a lot of financial pressure to households across the country, with people trying to stretch their money even further.

The Irish Cancer Society has asked Core Research to run a survey to understand the impact of the cost of living crisis on people affected by cancer. The survey is designed to learn about the experiences of people living with and beyond cancer relating to the costs associated with their cancer diagnosis. The current survey is designed to understand the costs in the context of the current cost of living crisis.

People aged 18+, who had a cancer diagnosis between 2012-2022 are invited to participate in the survey. You may answer on behalf of another person if you are a carer or a parent/guardian of a child who has had a cancer diagnosis.

Participation is voluntary and based on your consent. Please read the information sheet here

The survey is now closed, thank you for your participation.


Share your story

The Irish Cancer Society invites people to share their story if they have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like to discuss your experiences please fill out our online interest form and a member of our Communications team will contact you.

Media volunteers can play an important role in sharing their experience and in raising awareness of specific issues. Media volunteers may be asked to share their story in national or local newspapers and/or magazines, on the Irish Cancer Society website, social media or in publications, on the radio or television.

Data protection

Please find more information on the Irish Cancer Society’s Privacy Policy here.

If you have any queries regarding the processing of your personal data or to exercise your data protection rights, please contact the Irish Cancer Society Data Protection Officer at:

Real Cost of Cancer 2019 report
Real Cost of Cancer 2019 report
Download and read our report summary on the financial costs faced by cancer patients.
Real Cost Of Childhood Cancer and Prebudget 2022 onepager
Real Cost Of Childhood Cancer and Prebudget 2022 - Summary
A one-page summary of our Real Cost Of Childhood Cancer and Prebudget 2022 document.
prebudget 2022 cover
Real Cost Of Childhood Cancer and PreBudget 2022
Real Cost Of Childhood Cancer and PreBudget 2022
Real Cost Of Childhood Cancer Policy Paper
Report: Real Cost of Childhood and adolescent Cancer
Understanding Issues and Promoting Actions. Read the full report here

Contact the Irish Cancer Society Support Line

If you have worries or concerns about cancer, you can speak confidentially to an Irish Cancer Society Cancer Nurse through the Freephone Support Line on 1800 200 700. Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm

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