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Cancer Financial Assistance



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 financial issues for families provides information about help for living expenses.

CancerCare’s Tips for Finding Assistance provides guidance about medical expenses and a fact sheet Financial Help for People with Cancer.

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 explains resources involved with financial help 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
1-800-ACS-2345

  • 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
1-800-5-FAMILY
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.

CancerCare
1-800-813-HOPE
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
    1-866-55COPAY
    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.

Colorectal CareLine
1-866-657-8634
Provides financial aid to people with colorectal cancer.

Good Days
1-877-968-7233
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.

HealthWell Foundation
1-800-675-8416
Helps patients who cannot afford their insurance co-payments, premiums, co-insurance, or other out-of-pocket health care costs.

Hill-Burton Program
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.

LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare
1-866-235-7205
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
1-800-500-9976
Offers limited financial assistance for uninsured and underinsured lymphoma patients undergoing treatment, as well as legal and insurance help.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
1-805-563-8400
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
1-800-934-CURE
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
1-888-999-6743
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.

NeedyMeds
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
1-800-532-5274
Offers forms of financial assistance to people with cancer.

The Pink Fund
1-877-234-PINK (7465)
Providing financial assistance to women and men afflicted with breast cancer.

The SAMFund
617-938-3484
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.

Sarcoma Alliance
1-415-381-7236
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

Amgen Reimbursement Support Services and Financial Assistance Programs
1-800-272-9376

Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation
1-800-736-0003

Co-Pay Relief Program
1-866-512-3861

Genentech’s Single Point of Contact
1-888-249-4918

GSK Access
1-866-265-6491

Lilly Cares
1-800-545-6962

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
1-888-477-2669

Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief
1-866-512-3861

Pfizer’s FirstRESOURCE
1-877-744-5675

RxAssist and Rx Outreach Patient Assistance Programs

Housing

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
1-800-ACS-2345
Provides free, temporary housing facilities for cancer patients in treatment.

Joe’s House
Presents a nation-wide online service to help cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.

Ronald McDonald House
1-630-623-7048
Provides temporary housing to children and their families close to medical facilities.

Air Transportation

Air Charity Network
1-877-621-7177
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
1-866-328-1313
Arrange flights for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate aircrafts flying on routine business.

Miracle Flights for Kids
1-800-FLY-1711
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
1-800-296-1217
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.

Legal Support

Cancer Legal Resources Center
1-866-843-2572
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

GiveForward
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.

Indiegogo Life
Another online fundraising website to support fundraising with donations, and a 0% platform fee compared to others.

YouCaring
This online system is another way to conduct fundraising. Compare formats and costs with each site.