Community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
- Provides educational materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information on topics such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
- Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
- Cancer Survivors NetworkSM, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings.
- Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
- Look Good, Feel Better program for female adults and teens helps with self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments
- Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges
- American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank – Provides free wigs from limited supply to needy patients suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. Intended for those with insufficient insurance coverage for cranial prostheses (wigs).
Provides grants to fund FREE (in-hospital) massage services to men and women undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. These therapeutic massages are designed to alleviate painful side effects, provide relaxation to enhance traditional treatments, and give cancer patients a self-esteem boost. Currently, Angie’s Spa funds four hospital programs: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, Northridge Hospital in California, Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and Southampton Hospital in New York. Angie’s Spa is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is funded entirely through private donations; 100% of donations go directly toward our hospital programs.
Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp is the nation’s most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. BenefitsCheckUp includes more than 2,000 public and private benefits for things such as prescription drugs, financial assistance, legal assistance, health care and more.
Benefits.gov (formerly GovBenefits.gov) is the official benefits website of the U.S. Government. The website is designed to help users find government benefit and assistance programs for which they may be eligible. The Benefit Finder on the website has a list of Core Questions to identify which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.
A non-profit organization that provides Unexpected Amazingness to local Families with cancer through financial and emotional support. Through our Light of Hope Family Grant, we offer a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families with cancer.
Mission: Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.
1.68 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. As of 2016, there are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the US. With the number of survivors continuously growing, there is an increasing need for resources and support to help them get back to everyday life and work after diagnosis and treatment.
Reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society estimate that the number of survivors (defined as anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer) will reach almost 18 million in the next decade. Men have slightly less than a one-in-two lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than one in three. These numbers only validate what many of us already know to be true: These days you’re hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t have a cancer story, whether they were the one diagnosed, or a family member, spouse, friend, teacher, coworker, etc. Not only are more people being diagnosed with cancer, but more people are surviving and living long after.
In 2010 a Livestrong survey found that 98% of cancer survivors experienced the physical (i.e., pain), emotional (i.e., emotional distress) and practical (e.g., financial) concerns of post-treatment survivorship. Only 20% of survey respondents received help with their practical concerns. Support around these survivorship issues is essential in order for people to thrive in their lives and workplaces post treatment.
As the definitive national authority on work and cancer, Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in the workplace. Our innovative programs for survivors and healthcare professionals provide the vital support, tools, and information they need to navigate the practical and legal challenges that follow a diagnosis. Online, in print and in person, Cancer and Careers helps more than 525,000 individuals each year, across all 50 states.
Provides free professional support for anyone affected by cancer. CancerCare programs include counseling and support groups, cancer education workshops, information on financial assistance, and practical help. Counseling is provided by oncology social workers and is available over the phone and face-to-face (available at offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut). Support groups are offered online, via telephone, and in face-to-face groups. CancerCare also provides free publications, including some in Spanish.
CancerCare also provides limited financial assistance to people affected by cancer. For men and women with breast cancer, limited assistance is available for pain and anti-nausea medication, oral hormonal medication, lymphedema support and durable medical equipment. Assistance with costs of transportation, home care and child care may be available depending on the patient’s location and diagnosis.
CancerCare’s oncology social workers can refer to other financial assistance resources.
Co-payment assistance for chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs might also be available from CancerCare. For information, contact the CancerCare Co-payment Assistance Foundation (1-866-552-6729)
Financial Assistance Program offers limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs such as transportation, home care and child care, and oncology social workers can help find additional resources. Also provides co-payment assistance through the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation (check website for current funding). Offers free wig and prosthesis clinics in our New York, NY office, and free wigs by appointment in our Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Long Island, NY offices. Can assist people with breast cancer with pain and anti-nausea medication, oral hormonal medication, lymphedema supplies and durable medical equipment.
Provides individuals diagnosed with cancer with information and tools to help make sound financial decisions before, during, and after cancer treatment. Online ‘Toolkit’ offers targeted information about health insurance, disability insurance, education, employment, family building, medical bills, financial assistance, and more.
A coalition of organizations that help cancer patients manage their financial challenges by educating them about existing resources. Patients or health care providers can search the CFAC database for organizations that help with specific cancer diagnoses or that provide a specific type of assistance or need. CFAC is a coalition of organizations and cannot respond to individual requests for financial assistance via e-mail or telephone. Patients may contact each CFAC member organization individually for guidance and possible financial assistance.
Cancer Lifeline staff in Washington State works to help cancer patients stay in treatment by providing resources to help meet basic needs or access medical care, including medications, health insurance, co-pays or transportation to treatment.
The Cancer Lifeline Patient Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to low-income patients with cancer other than breast cancer. Cancer Lifeline is happy to partner with the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen to provide financial assistance to low-income patients with breast cancer. The funds can be used for living or medical expenses. Eligible applicants must be within a three month window of active treatment, live or receive treatment in a Western Washington county, and meet low-income requirements.
For more information about eligibility and the application process, call (206) 832-1282.
Cancer Lifeline has a list of resources for Housing, Utilities, Food Resources, and Transportation Resources.
In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services to all people affected by cancer. The organization delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. It offers a network of community-based centers and online services run by trained and licensed professionals.
CaringBridge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit web service that connects family and friends during a critical illness, treatment or recovery. CaringBridge’s website is personal, private and available 24/7. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed. Patients and caregivers draw strength from loved ones’ messages of support.
Empowers patients who live with a life-threatening chronic disease through comprehensive outreach programs and services aimed at financial, emotional and educational support.
- Provides financial grants to alleviate the burden of medication co-payments and insurance premiums; call or check website to view list of supported diseases
- Offers health insurance counseling
- Offers online publication “Understanding Your Disability”
- Provides drug discount card information and links to helpful resources on its website.
A national network of agencies serving poor and vulnerable persons and families, regardless of faith. There are member agencies in nearly every state and in many U.S. territories which offer services based on the needs of the local community. Examples of services that may be available include: food banks, soup kitchens, home delivered meals, temporary shelter, transitional housing, health-related services, immigration and refugee services and counseling and mental health.
CDF provides financial assistance to underinsured patients diagnosed with chronic or life-altering disease that requires the use of specialty therapeutics. CDF offers assistance for many types of cancer.
Offers free professional housecleaning and maid services for men and women undergoing cancer treatment. Women age 18 or older currently undergoing cancer treatment for any type of cancer qualify for this service. The Foundation recruits professional residential maid services that are insured and/or bonded (and performs background checks on their employees). Maid service partners are located in all 50 states, D.C., and Canada. The companies offer four free cleanings – one a month for four months. The Foundation accepts cancer patient applications online, obtains doctor verification of treatment, and then matches patients with their partner maid services. Interested applicants should see if a maid service partner is available in their area by clicking on the “Locations” tab on the Foundation’s Web site (see link in Additional Resources section below).
A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging and helps older adults and their families access home and community-based services, including transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services. The goal is to provide users with the information and resources they need to help older persons live independently and safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
Since 2007, Fifth Season Financial has offered a viable solution to combat the financial strain for those living with cancer and other advanced-stage illnesses. Their Funds for Living and Giving (FLAG) program utilizes an asset often-overlooked – their life insurance policy.
The ultimate goal of the FLAG program is to help relieve financial stress so that clients can focus on their health and quality of life. Fifth Season Financial has eased this financial burden for more than 500 patients nationwide. Unlike a viatical settlement, clients are able to secure an advancement (Funds for Living) and leave funds for their beneficiaries (Funds for Giving).
For more information, visit www.FifthSeasonFinancial.com or call (866) 459-1271.
Mission to ensure no one has to choose between getting the treatment they need and affording the necessities of everyday living. Good Days provides financial support for patients who cannot afford the treatment they urgently need. With our proprietary enrollment system, we have streamlined the application process so patients can be conditionally approved in just minutes.
The Good Days Premium Assistance (PA) Program provides assistance to patients with a qualified diagnosis who need financial assistance to cover the monthly premium for their medical insurance coverage. Assistance is available to the patient and patient’s dependents where applicable (for example, if the patient is a minor, PA is also offered to the patient’s guardian as part of a family plan).
The Good Days Travel Program provides assistance to patients who need help with their travel-related expenses for diagnosis-related treatments. All patients enrolling in the Travel Program must meet Good Days’ guidelines and return all necessary paperwork to receive financial assistance. Good Days will coordinate all travel arrangements and stay in contact with the patient, physician and/or HUB Case.
Provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies. Also, if a person is eligible for health insurance, but cannot afford the insurance premium, they may be able to assist with your insurance premium. Funding varies, so check website for up-to-date list of covered diagnoses and medications.
Provides financial assistance to adults and children to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies. Also, if a person is eligible for health insurance, but cannot afford the insurance premium, they may be able to assist with your insurance premium. Funding varies, so check website for up-to-date list of covered diagnoses and medications.
Helps homeowners avoid mortgage foreclosure. Guides consumers onto the path of sustainable homeownership and develops innovative solutions to preserve and expand homeownership. Provides comprehensive financial education and confidential foreclosure prevention counseling for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Founded in 2012 in Bethesda, MD, Lolly’s Locks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high-quality wigs to cancer patients suffering hair loss as a side-effect of chemotherapy.
Look Good…Feel Better is a non-medical, national public service program to help women offset appearance-related changes from cancer treatment. It offers a free program that helps improve self-image, appearance and quality-of-life in people undergoing cancer treatment.
LIHEAP assists low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes paying a high proportion of household income for home energy, in meeting their immediate home energy needs. The program, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded by grants appropriated from the federal government. Each state has its own form and rules for applying for energy assistance.
If the applicant meets certain income guidelines and other criteria, the local LIHEAP office may provide help paying heating or cooling bills, emergency services in cases of energy crisis, such as utility shutoffs and low-cost home improvements, known as weatherization, that make the home more energy efficient and lowers utility bills. Payments are usually made directly to local utility companies or vendors.
Helps eligible homeowners lower their monthly mortgage payments and get into more stable loans. For those homeowners for whom ownership is no longer affordable or desirable, the program can provide a way out which avoids foreclosure.
Designed for people who are disabled, homebound, or elderly. Volunteers deliver ready-to-eat meals to your home.
MyLifeLine.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages cancer patients and caregivers to create free personalized websites. Our mission is to empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.
Offices in many areas can help older people with cancer.
Sources of help with telephone service
May be available from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Speak with the eligibility worker in your county department of social services for more information. Families that have problems controlling charges may want to think about buying pre-paid calling cards, pre-paid cell phones, or plans with pre-paid minutes. If you call your cell phone carrier before you go over your limit, sometimes they can help you avoid going over your minutes limit for the month.
The American Cancer Society can find out about other local sources of help with telephone service.
Sources of help with food and food costs
The government programs listed below are run by the US Department of Agriculture.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly called the Food Stamp Program)
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
National School Lunch Program
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
School Breakfast Program
Special Milk Program
Coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. Cancer.gov includes an extensive list of organizations that offer financial assistance.
Provides assistance, up to $200.00 for those who are able to demonstrate a financial need. Their specific focus is the aid will benefit children, older adults and other vulnerable members of the community. NetWish will issue gift certificates or provide payments directly to pay bills. Apply online.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Cancer Center runs OncoLink, a database that provides comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances.
An independent, non-profit group, the Patient Access Network Foundation is dedicated to assisting those who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with treatment needs. Throughout all 50 states and three U.S. territories, it provides trained case managers that patients or their advocates may speak with about their care.
Provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. PAF case managers serve as active liaisons between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors. You can also search for financial assistance by state in the resource section of their site.
Maintains a searchable National Financial Assistance Resource Directory.
Provides a Scholarships for Survivors Program.
Financial Aid Fund Division – offers three programs that provide direct financial assistance for transportation expenses to cancer patients, Patients who are interested in applying for financial assistance should start by calling this division toll free at 855-824-7941.
Transportation Financial Aid Fund for Metastatic Melanoma & Metastatic Lung Cancer Patients
Supporting patients currently receiving IV-infused treatment for metastatic melanoma or metastatic lung cancer, this financial fund grants $300 per year to cover transportation-related expenses connected to treatment appointments.
PAF has a Financial Aid Program for Merkel Cell Carcinoma patients that will provide a one time grant to them to be used for transportation expenses. The grant is $450 and the patient must be at 400% of the FPL with a physician verified diagnosis in order to qualify.
Committed to supporting people with expensive chronic illnesses and conditions through locating solutions with health insurance and assisting with premiums and prescription copayments to facilitate positive health and well-being. Check website for up-to-date list of covered diagnoses and medications.
We understand that office copays, deductibles, and out of pocket expenses can be overbearing while undergoing treatment. Rays of Relief’s mission is to help alleviate the financial burden associated with daily radiation therapy, regardless of tumor type or site. Our goal is to help both children and adults going through treatment.
Our goal is to gift a $1,000 per patient to help pay for treatment, this includes daily radiation copays, deductible and coinsurance. We also offer patient navigation services connecting patients with local/national grant money for treatment (oral meds/chemo/etc.). Our primary grant focus is helping with radiation therapy costs.
Manages the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Social Security provides a monthly income for eligible retired persons, surviving spouses and family members, and the disabled. SSI supplements Social Security payments for aged, blind, and disabled people with little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Information on eligibility, coverage, and how to apply for benefits and file a claim is available from SSA. The SSA has a new Compassionate Allowances initiative that allows Social Security to target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that can be obtained quickly.
If you cannot work, find out if your employer has a long-term disability insurance policy before you leave your job. This type of policy often replaces 60% to 70% of your income. Read your policy closely. Find out the definition of disabled according to your policy, the monthly benefit amount, the benefit period, the waiting period, and whether you must pay taxes on the money you get. Some companies also have a short-term disability option that can help replace income during part or all of the waiting period of the long-term disability policy.You must meet Social Security’s definition of disability which is very strict. If you get turned down, appeal the decision. Some cases that are turned down the first time get approved after an appeal. When approved, benefits do not begin until the sixth full month of disability.
With certain serious illnesses, it may take less time to be approved. The Social Security Administration can speed up their processing of disability applications for people with a diagnosis that’s on their Compassionate Allowances list. Check out their list online.
Your income has nothing to do with whether you qualify for Social Security Disability Income. To find out how to apply, contact the local Social Security Administration.
After getting SSDI for 24 months you become eligible for Medicare. have a Dependent children they may be eligible to receive benefits under your SSDI.
Designed to supplement the income of an eligible person or family in which there is a disabled person. The family or the person must have a low income and limited assets. To get SSI, your income and assets must fall below a certain level and you must be disabled, over 65, and/or blind. Like SSDI, certain illnesses are allowed faster processing under the Compassionate Allowances program. If you do qualify, SSI pays you a monthly income which varies from state to state and from year to year.
Children can qualify for SSI if they meet Social Security’s definition of disability. Income criteria are checked by the local Social Security Administration office. Disability evaluation specialists at the state Social Security office decide whether you are disabled. Children with certain cancer diagnoses are considered disabled.
In many states Medicaid is given to any adult or child who gets SSI, but you may need to apply for it separately. You can get more information about SSI from your team social worker or you can get it from the nearest Social Security Administration office.
A grant program that provides monthly cash payments to help pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, transportation, phone, medical supplies, and other basic needs not paid for by Medicaid. TANF also helps states provide training and jobs to the people in their welfare programs. A social worker can tell you about your state’s plan.
Helps all professionals in entertainment and the performing arts. The Actors Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need or going through a crisis or transition. It offers several services, including help attaining affordable housing and health insurance, financial assistance for people in a medical crisis or those disabled by illness, case management, referrals, support groups and funeral/burial assistance. The Actors Fund is administered in offices in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The CHAIN Fund’s Mission is to provide financial assistance to individuals undergoing cancer treatment unable to work. WE strive to raise funding to assist withhousehold expenses, ie;mortgages, rents, utilities, prescriptions co pays and follow up doctor visit co pays. Funding is dibursed to the service provider on behalf of the selected recipient.
Triage Cancer is dedicated to helping survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals navigate cancer survivorship issues by connecting them to experts, information, and resources. Triage Cancer provides both in-person and online services. They provide speakers on a wide variety of cancer survivorship topics for educational events through their Speakers Bureau. They also deliver turnkey conferences and other educational events for hospitals, cancer centers, community clinics, professional associations, cancer advocacy organizations, and other groups.
A non-profit charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of children’s lives through much needed medical grants. These medical grants help improve access to medical services and items that are not covered, or not fully covered, by a family’s current commercial health insurance plan. Besides being 16 years old or younger and covered by a commercial health insurance plan, a child must be diagnosed with a current or ongoing medical need, be receiving treatment by a qualified medical practitioner in the US and meet certain financial criteria to qualify.
Grants may be provided for: medical services costs, medication costs, medical supplies and equipment, costs associated with transplant, air and ground transportation for medical appointments.
Locations throughout the U.S, and can refer to local assistance programs. Use online locator to find closest United Way office or local 2-1-1 line.