Cancer and your finances


Legal and financial resources


Being diagnosed with cancer 
can  cause an immediate impact on your financial situation, and create additional stress and concern during an already difficult time.

This  may be the first time you have had to organise important legal documents, such as life insurance and a will, to help plan for your future and support your loved ones. You might have to reconsider your current budget to help pay for the costs of cancer, such as medical expenses and travelling to treatment.

We have developed a series of fact sheets about common legal and financial issues for people affected by cancer. The information covers key topics including paying bills and debt, superannuation and patient transport after a cancer diagnosis, as well as the importance of preparing key documents and managing finances after death. 

We hope these resources provide support to you, and your carer, family and friends throughout your cancer journey.

Get support

If you have any questions or have difficulty understanding these resources, contact our compassionate and expert cancer nurses on 13 11 20. If you are finding it hard to manage your financial situation after a cancer diagnosis, you may benefit from speaking with one of our financial counsellors. Some eligibility criteria apply.

You may find information about managing cancer and your financescancer and work, or facing end of life, more useful at this time.

If you're a manager or human resource professional, you may like to download our free workplace resources to help support an employee with cancer or who is caring for someone with cancer.

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Resources

Dealing with debts

Dealing with debts

Information and support for people affected by cancer who are having trouble paying their debts.

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Employment and cancer

Employment and cancer

Information about managing working if you have been diagnosed or care for someone with cancer.

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Getting your affairs in order

Getting your affairs in order

Information about preparing key legal documents and issues involved in getting your affairs in order.

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Help with bills

Help with bills

Information to help you pay your utility bills, including electricity, gas and water.

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Immigration and cancer

Immigration and cancer

Information for people who have immigrated from another country or have family overseas.

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Life insurance and cancer

Life insurance and cancer

Information about accessing life insurance when you have been diagnosed with cancer.

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Patient transport

Patient transport

Information about the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS).

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Superannuation and cancer

Superannuation and cancer

Information about finding and accessing your super, tax implications and insurance.

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Travel insurance and cancer

Travel insurance and cancer

Information about accessing travel insurance if you have cancer or have had cancer in the past.

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What happens to debts after death

What happens to debts after death

Information about what happens to debts after a person dies.

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Your role as executor

Your role as executor

Information about the roles and responsibilities of an executor of a will.

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Page last updated:

This webpage includes our Financial and Legal Fact Sheets - Information for people affected by cancer (2016-2020 editions) and our Practical and Support Information Fact Sheets - Information for people affected by cancer (2017-2019 editions). This webpage was last updated in June 2022.

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