Among the many concerns you may have if you, a friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer is the cost of medical treatment. Because bills and debt can add up quickly, people may want to seek financial help soon after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Oncology social workers, case managers, oncology doctors and nurses can help or refer you to supportive services and financial resources. Although coping with daily financial responsibilities can seem overwhelming at times, it's important not to let the bills pile up and go unpaid. Learn more about organizing your finances .
How to find financial support resources
In addition to the information social workers and other health care providers can give you, there are a number of national and local service organizations that help people with cancer facing financial challenges. Please contact these organizations directly for more information about their specific programs and services, including eligibility requirements.
National Service Organizations
Cancer Care Financial s an independent, not-for-profit organization that helps patients with health insurance pay for their medications when they have a life-altering chronic illness.
The Patient Financial Assistance Program (800-955-4572) provides limited financial assistance to patients diagnosed with a blood cancer (such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma) who have significant financial need in order to help them defray the expenses related to the treatment.
(800-489-3863) provides fundraising assistance for patients in need of transplants, including bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
local service organizations
Local volunteer or service organizations such as Catholic Charities, Jewish Social Services, the Lions Club, Lutheran Social Services, the Salvation Army and others may offer financial assistance. Some of these organizations offer grants that help cover the cost of treatment and other expenses, while others provide assistance with specific services or products, such as travel or medication. With the help of a social worker or by searching the Internet, you can get a list of organizations. Many hospitals and clinics also maintain a list of community service organizations.