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Brain tumours, money and relationships

Even in the most open relationship, discussing money can be uncomfortable and can quickly become a source of conflict. This can become even more of an issue after a brain tumour diagnosis.

This page includes:

Brain tumours and money difficulties

Changes in loved ones

Useful resources

Brain tumours and money difficulties

If you’re living with a brain tumour, it is likely that you may need to reduce your work hours, or stop work completely. Partners may also need to spend less time working due to extra caring responsibilities.

Whether those are short-term measures during treatment, or a permanent result of your diagnosis, couples can often find it harder to make ends meet.

There may also be extra costs that you hadn’t budgeted for, like accessibility equipment, adaptations to your home, or travelling to hospital appointments.

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Expert benefits & money advice

Between April 2020 to March 2021, we were able to support 285 people through the service, helping them claim over £950,000 collectively.

As a result, it’s easy to get into money trouble or debt, especially whilst already dealing with other practical and emotional challenges, following a brain tumour diagnosis. This may put stress on your relationship.

You don’t need to go through this alone though. If money problems are affecting your relationship, we are here to help.

I can’t recommend the Relationship Support Service highly enough to help navigate the tricky ways in which a brain tumour diagnosis can impact on a relationship.

Relate offers a wide range of content to help people who are experiencing relationship difficulties. We’ve teamed up with them to provide our Relationship Support Service for couples and individuals whose relationship has been affected by a brain tumour.

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Changes in loved ones

We know that, sadly, some people in our community have seen changes in their loved ones that have led to them being violent or aggressive; although this is rare. 

If you feel that you’re at risk of abuse, remember that there’s help and support available. This includes police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services.

You are not alone!

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Useful resources

This content and our relationship counselling service have been created in partnership with Relate, the leading relationships charity in England and Wales. If you found this information useful, you might also find the following resources by Relate interesting:

This content and our Relationship Support Service have been created in partnership with Relate – the leading relationships charity in England and Wales.

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If you need someone to talk to or advice on where to get help, our Support and Information team is available by phone, email or live-chat.