People with cancer sometimes need financial assistance to pay for cancer treatments, supportive care, living expenses, and other areas.
These resources include organizations and funders providing financial support.
This list does not include all existing programs. You can also consider the organization of fundraising through your community.
Financial Assistance Directories and General Information
American Cancer Society’s Medical Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient is more focused on medical insurance issues and also has some information about financial assistance.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition educates people affected by cancer about existing resources and services related to finances and varied needs such as transportation through their online directory.
National Cancer Institute’s Financial Assistance for Cancer Care features information about many programs giving money to people with cancer.
Social Security and Disability Resource Center provides answers to questions about how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants. The site’s author is a former disability examiner for the social security administration.
Direct Financial Assistance
Here are some tips to help you find financial support.
- Non-profit organizations focused on the type of cancer you or your loved one is dealing with may provide financial assistance and/or offer resources for financial assistance.
- Community voluntary agencies and service organizations such as the United Way of America, Salvation Army, Lutheran Social Services, Jewish Social Services, and Catholic Charities may provide financial help for practical needs.
- Federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program offer financial assistance to people with cancer. NCI’s fact sheet Financial Assistance for Cancer Care provides more information.
American Cancer Society
- Health Insurance Assistance Service aids cancer patients who have lost or are in danger of losing their health care coverage
- Road to Recovery provides transportation to and from treatments
- Taking Charge of Money Matters offers workshops about cancer related financial concerns
Beyond the Cure
Lists resources for assistance with scholarships and education for childhood cancer survivors.
Bruce Kaye Brain Tumor Foundation
Grants financial support to brain tumor patients for alternative treatments.
Provides financial assistance for some cancer treatments, related expenses, grants for home care, childcare, and transportation, as well as free counseling.
- CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
Provides co-payment assistance for patients who have been prescribed chemotherapy but are unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs or co-payments required by their insurer or Medicaid.
- AVONCares Program for Medically Underserved Women Operated by CancerCare, provides assistance to low-income, under- and uninsured, underserved women who need supportive services related to the treatment of breast and gynecological cancers.
Cindy’s Legacy Charity
Provide financial and personal administrative support to cancer fighters and their families.
Provides financial aid to people with colorectal cancer.
Ensures no one has to choose between getting the medication they need and affording the necessities of everyday living for chronic diseases, cancer, and other life-altering conditions.
Helps patients who cannot afford their insurance co-payments, premiums, co-insurance, or other out-of-pocket health care costs.
1-800-638-0742 (Maryland residents call 1-800-492-0359)
Offers a federal program that requires certain hospitals to provide services to those who cannot afford them.
Hope Cancer Fund provides financial assistance and other forms of support to people with cancer.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
1-800-955-4572 1-877-557-2672 (Copay Assistance Program)
Provides information and financial aid to patients with leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, or multiple myeloma.
Offers financial assistance to cancer survivors who are 6 months post-treatment with no evidence of disease for transportation to follow-up appointments, medical co-pays, cancer-related medications, and neuropsychological evaluation.
Lymphoma Research Foundation
Offers limited financial assistance for uninsured and underinsured lymphoma patients undergoing treatment, as well as legal and insurance help.
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Helps newly diagnosed patients afford expenses related to consulting with a mesothelioma expert through the Mary and Bob Cosentino Travel Grant Program.
National Brain Tumor Society
Assists brain tumor patients with treatment-related expenses.
National Council on the Aging
Finds programs that may pay the cost of prescriptions and healthcare services for people age 55 and older.
National Marrow Donor Program
Offers financial assistance through its Marrow Foundation Patient Assistance Program with funds for searching the NMDP Registry and/or for some post-transplant costs.
National Organization for Rare Disorders
Assists uninsured or underinsured individuals with medications and medical co-payments.
Features information on patient-assistance programs designed to help those who cannot afford their medicines.
Patients Access Network Foundation
Helps patients who cannot access the treatments they need due to out-of-pocket health care costs, including deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Offers forms of financial assistance to people with cancer.
The Pink Fund
Providing financial assistance to women and men afflicted with breast cancer.
Supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance and free online support and education, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and academic goals.
Grants money to reimburse medical and other expenses directly related to getting a second opinion from a sarcoma specialist.
Pharmaceutical Drugs and other Cancer Therapies
Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation
Co-Pay Relief Program
Genentech’s Single Point of Contact
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief
Together Rx Access
American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Provides free, temporary housing facilities for cancer patients in treatment.
Presents a nation-wide online service to help cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.
Ronald McDonald House
Provides temporary housing to children and their families close to medical facilities.
Air Charity Network
Connects people in need with “free” flights to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations and other travel resources due to family, community, or national crisis.
Corporate Angel Network
Arrange flights for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate aircrafts flying on routine business.
Miracle Flights for Kids
Offers financial support for families needing to fly seriously ill children to receive proper medical care and to get a second opinion.
National Patient Travel Center
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.
Cancer Legal Resources Center
Offers information about cancer-related legal issues regarding health insurance, employment, government benefits, estate planning, advanced healthcare directives, family law, and consumer assistance. Staff includes attorneys and other professionals. All services are free and confidential.
Other Fundraising Help
Empowers friends and family to provide emotional and financial support to loved ones while they navigate a medical crisis. A GiveForward page makes fundraising for out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays, various treatments, support, travel and lodging when necessary, and more.
Go Fund Me
An online fundraising website that makes it easy to collect donations.
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