16,000 people every year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
Brain tumour patients lose £14,783 per year
more than double the £6,840 for all cancers
Brain tumour patients lose £14,783 per year, more than double the £6,840 for all cancers.
Our latest report, Exposing the financial impact of a brain tumour reveals for the first time the stark financial burden facing brain tumour patients.
Experiencing life-limiting physical and psychological symptoms, brain tumour patients face long visits to specialist hospitals, increased time at home, rising bills and costly home modifications.
- Brain tumour patients and their families face a £11,081 net loss of income
- Brain tumour patients face additional costs of £3,702 per year
- Brain tumour patients are on average £14,783 worse off per year, whereas for all cancers the average cost is £6,840 per year
Added to this, patients are required to surrender their driving licence, leading to a loss of independence. This is all while facing a terrifying uncertainty about what the future holds.
We are calling on the Government to mitigate the costs experienced by patients by:
1. Speeding us access to better treatments by stimulating further increases in the national investment for research into brain tumours to 30-35 million per year – to achieve parity with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia
2. Giving back a quality of life to brain tumour patients and their families, offsetting a loss in income by giving them and their carers additional benefits.
3. Providing easily accessible financial support to brain tumour patients while they are receiving treatment.
Read the full report here.
The information in this report represents the results of our online survey that we conducted during summer 2018 to learn more about the financial costs faced by brain tumour patients and their families.Read more Show less
We understand the power of statistics
That's why we leave no stone unturned when it comes to the latest analysis surrounding the devastating impact of brain tumours in the UK.
The statistics we have unearthed speak for themselves. Something has to be done.
- Too many people are being faced with the devastating diagnosis each year – every two hours, someone is diagnosed with a brain tumour in England
- In the UK, 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
- Less than 20% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years of their diagnosis, whereas 86% of breast cancer and 51% of leukaemia patients survive beyond five years
- Brain tumours are the chief cause of cancer deaths in children and young people. In 2015, the number of children dying from cancer was 194, with brain tumours taking 67 young lives and leukaemia 46
- Brain tumours continue to kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
More statistics relating to brain tumours:
- Brain tumours deaths are rising, representing 2.6% of all deaths from cancer
- Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia
- Brain tumours kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer and more women under 35 than breast cancer
- Incidences of and deaths from brain tumours are increasing
- In 2015, £8,759 was spent on leukaemia research for each death, compared with only £1,858 for brain tumours
- Brain tumour research represents just 1.37% of national spend on cancer
- At the current rate of spending, it could take 100 years for brain cancer to catch up with developments in other diseases and find a cure
- Awareness of the devastation caused by brain tumours is low - less than 10% of people in the UK know that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer