Major cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support has called on the government to provide cancer sufferers with a winter fuel payment to help tackle price rises from energy suppliers.
At the moment the payment is primarily allocated to pensioners as the elderly are more sensitive to the cold and many suffer from fuel poverty, reports the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.
Similar treatment is being sought for cancer sufferers as patients have the same sensitivity to cold due to their illness and many are living in financial hardship.
Steve Richards, Macmillan regional director, told the paper: "People undergoing cancer treatment have to spend more time at home as they're often too ill to work. That's why it's so important to freeze out fuel poverty for cancer patients."
According to the charity's website, over 60 per cent of cancer sufferers worry most about escalating fuel bills. The organisation's research also revealed that 70 per cent of sufferers who would normally be at work lose an average of half their income due to having to stay at home.
The government has announced plans to tackle fuel bills through widespread energy efficiency.
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