Leitrim cancer survivor reveals he had to close his business to pay medical bills

The government is being urged to address mounting charges on cancer patients.

New research shows people diagnosed with the disease are spending an average of €756 extra every month, while losing around €18,000 a year in earnings.

The Irish Cancer Society says the main costs patients face include medical expenses which can’t be claimed back, and transport to clinics for treatment.

Michael Finnegan from Leitrim had to close his business when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015.

He says the State could be doing a lot more to support patients: