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Financial Resources

Financial Resources

Reviewed by Jasper Clinical Board

Last updated 5/24/21


For most people, cancer is like a full-time job that you pay for, rather than get paid to do. The concept of financial toxicity is very real after a cancer diagnosis, and sometimes you just need a little help to get by as you work your way through treatment and recovery. 
Below, you’ll find a non-comprehensive list of organizations you can turn to when you need some financial help. In addition to exploring what you see below, speak with your oncology social worker and/or connect with your local United Way’s database of charitable organizations and government institutions by calling 2-1-1. Many people have very generous local resources available to them based on a variety of factors, such as state, region, county or city of residence, or other demographic characteristics.

Databases

  • Cancer Finances is a toolkit developed by Triage Cancer meant to help navigate financial needs that arise because of a cancer diagnosis. 
  • Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition helps find assistance from organizations providing financial or practical help.
  • Cancer Horizons offers a listing of resources for financial help that patients with cancer can apply for.
  • FindHelp helps locate food assistance, provides help paying bills, and offers other free or reduced cost programs. 
  • FundFinder helps find financial support from charitable foundations quickly and sends alerts when funds you are interested in have resources available. 
  • Need Help Paying Bills offers state-by-state information about how to find financial help.

General

  • 21st Century Care offers financial assistance to those with cancer in several US states.
  • Beyond Restored, Inc. helps assist patients, survivors and communities meet basic needs. Reach out for more information about how to receive assistance.
  • CancerCare offers some financial assistance to cancer patients for specific needs like transportation, child care, and home care.
  • The Corporate Angel Network finds cancer patients their caregivers (one caregiver per adult patient and two per pediatric patient) open seats on corporate flights for free travel to cancer treatments. Door-to-door transportation is covered (car service or taxis to-and-from the airport as well as the flight itself). 
  • Family Reach offers a free "Financial Treatment Program" to help overcome the financial toxicity of treatment, to those receiving treatment at a hospital at any US state, territory, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico.
  • Joe’s House offers free or reduced cost housing for patients with cancer and their caregivers.
  • ModestNeeds helps people with a one-time financial need. The organization also has a Covid-19 eviction prevention fund.
  • NetWish offers up to $200 in assistance to those in need.
  • PlumFund allows anyone to launch a fundraising campaign for no cost beyond processing fees.

Medications & Health Insurance Premiums

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  • The Assistance Fund provides assistance paying for medications for various diagnoses.
  • CancerCare Co Pay Foundation helps patients pay for prescription medication co-pays for various diagnoses.
  • Good Days offers help paying for medications and travel expenses for select diagnoses. Which ones are covered change based on Good Days’ funding.
  • HealthWell Foundation offers assistance paying for medications and health insurance premiums for people with various diagnoses. Funding availability changes throughout the year, so check back if your diagnosis does not currently offer assistance.
  • National Organization of Rare Disorders offers various financial assistance programs for those with rare serious illnesses. This organization also has a Covid-19 relief program.
  • NeedyMeds is a database of programs to help with the purchase of prescription medications.
  • Patient Access Network Foundation offers assistance with paying for medications and other medical out-of-pocket expenses for various diagnoses; funding varies based on demand for assistance per diagnosis.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief offers help with paying for medications for various diagnoses and also has a cancer genomic testing fund. Funding availability depends on the demand for assistance per diagnosis. 
  • Patient Services, Inc. offers support for medication co-pays and health insurance premiums for various diagnoses.

Clinical Trials

  • The Lazarex Cancer Foundation offers financial assistance to help with the costs of participating in clinical trials for cancer care.
  • More Moments More Memories helps fund access to innovations in treatments, including clinical trials, for patients and their caregivers. The organization can also take on the cost of certain expenses such as travel, lodging, and food needed for a patient to participate in a clinical trial.

Women

  • LueWish grants wishes to women who are experiencing life altering issues due to cancer, heart disease, or domestic violence. Here is where you can submit a wish.
  • Women’s Cancer Fund offers up to $250 per family, per year, to women with cancer who need help paying for utilities or rent.

Young Adults

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  • The Allyson Whitney Foundation seeks to assist young adults with cancer through Life Interrupted grants of $500-$1,000. Applications need to be requested by an oncology social worker, doctor’s office, or patient navigator.
  • Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope offers up to four “Life Grants” of $5,000 per year to be used to fulfill a goal or life dream for applicants ages 18-30.
  • Cancer for College offers information about scholarships for those with cancer who are seeking college educations.
  • Cancer Survivors’ Fund provides scholarships to young cancer survivors.
  • The Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation is located in Michigan, but offers some of its programs and resources to anyone across the United States.  Participate free in their 6 day Northern Michigan adventure, Base2Summit, or receive a free information bag.  Michigan residents can apply for a post-high school educational scholarship as well.
  • The Giving Hope Fund covers the cost of everyday necessities for cancer patients aged 18-40 at the time of application.
  • Rally Foundation’s Family Emergency Funds help families where there is a cancer patient under the age of 21 living in the household. 
  • The Sam Fund helps patients with cancer who are aged 21-39 and not financial dependents of anyone else. 
  • Team Maggie’s Dream helps fund fertility preservation expenses up to $2,500 for those facing cancer treatment who are ages 15-37 and also citizens of the United States.
  • Weish4Ever uplifts the lives of families with adolescents and young adults battling cancer. We provide direct financial assistance and ensure families know they are not alone in this fight.

Profession- and Interest-Based

Based on Cancer Type

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Blood

  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers various types of financial assistance for those with blood cancers. These programs open and close based on fund availability.

Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant

  • Be the Match Patient Financial Assistance offers up to $3,000 in help to those receiving allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplants.
  • BMT InfoNet offers a small patient financial aid grant to those who have undergone blood or marrow stem cell transplantation. Patients or family members must ask their transplant social worker to obtain the application for them. 
  • The Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation offers several financial assistance programs to those undergoing stem cell transplants.

Brain

  • Glenn Garcelon Foundation offers up to $1,000 on a needs-basis to those with primary brain tumors living in the United States or US territories. 
  • Mission4Maureen offers grant assistance for brain tumor patients living in the United States. 

Breast 

  • Breast Cancer Resource Center can help provide funding for basic financial needs such as rent, utilities, and prescription drugs.
  • Komen Treatment Assistance Program offers eligible applicants a $300 award once per 12-month period to help with treatment-related costs.
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer fund can be used for living expenses such as mortgage, rent, utilities, and transportation. Grants range from $500 - $1,000, depending on the applicant’s circumstances and as funding allows.
  • Pink Aid’s Pink Purse offers up to $500 to help with non-medical household financial needs. Click here to learn more about requirements and details
  • The Pink Fund is for those in active treatment who were working at the time of their breast cancer diagnosis and have lost income due to their illness.
  • Remember Betty wants to help minimize the financial burden associated with breast cancer for patients & survivors by providing direct financial support to them so that they can focus on recovery & quality of life.
  • Sharsheret’s Best Face Forward 2.0 funding provides services and subsidies for eligible individuals for non-medical services that are critical to a woman’s quality of life and body image and that are only partly or not at all covered by insurance companies.
  • Sisters Network, Inc National Breast Cancer Assistance Program can help with up to $350 of assistance for utilities, groceries, or mammograms. Payments are made directly to the provider.
  • United Breast Cancer Foundation offers an array of programs and services in order to help and support families and individuals dealing with breast cancer.

Colon

  • Blue Hope Colon Cancer Assistance is available for patients currently undergoing colorectal cancer treatment. In order to qualify, the applicant must currently be in treatment.

Pancreatic

Sarcoma

  • Kylee’s Dancing Angels seeks to provide grants to help sarcoma patients find their “happy place.” Recipients have gone on vacations, received hobby supplies, taken recreation classes, furthered their professional education, and purchased items with their grants. 
  • Sarcoma Alliance Hand in Hand fund offers up to $500 to assist in the costs involved in meeting with a sarcoma specialist. This is available to anyone with any sarcoma diagnosis.
Updated 3/18/21

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