NO ONE should be in a position where they are forced to select their medication based on what they can afford, rather than what their doctor prescribes. Yet this is the reality for far too many cancer patients.
Cancer patients do not just have the odd one-off prescription to pay for.
They usually need multiple prescriptions to ease distressing side effects of cancer treatment, like nausea, fatigue, and severe mouth ulcers, and often spend hundreds of pounds each year paying for prescriptions.
Macmillan is calling on the Government to make prescriptions free for everyone in England.
If you would like to join Macmillan's campaign, please visit our website at www.macmillan.org. uk/campaigns where you can take part in an online survey or send a letter to your local MP.
We would also like to know if you or a relative travel into central London for NHS cancer treatment? Did you know that you could be entitled to a refund of the £8 Congestion Charge you may have paid?
We know that people living with cancer face all kinds of unexpected extra expenses - such as for travel, prescriptions and child care.
So Macmillan Cancer Support successfully campaigned in 2004 to have the Congestion Charge reimbursement scheme put in place. We now want to hear cancer patients' views on and experiences of it.
If this affects you, please take part in our survey at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7840 2036 for a copy.
STEPHEN RICHARDS, regional director Macmillan Cancer Support, Albert Embankment, London.