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Cancer: Financial Assistance


The organizations listed in this article provide financial assistance for people with all types of cancer.

  • For groups that provide assistance to people with a particular type of cancer, see: Breast cancerColorectal cancer
  • For groups that provide assistance for any life challenging condtiion, including cancer, click here.

American Cancer Society

Assistance Fund

  • The Assistance Fund provides advanced biotech therapies for people who have no health insurance or are underinsured. offsite link Tel.: 855.845.3663

Cancer Care, Inc.

  • Cancer Care, Inc. is a nonprofit social service agency that assists families and patients in coping with the emotional, psychological, and financial consequences of cancer. It has a toll-free counseling line and teleconference programs providing assistance to individuals and families. Information about cancer and treatments, financial counseling, financial assistance, and referrals to other support services are also available. 
  • The Helping Children Cope program offers resources to help children deal with cancer in a parent or close relative.
  • 212-712-8400, 800-813-HOPE (800-813-4673) offsite link

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

  • A coalition of organizations to help cancer patients with financial challenges
  • You can search on "diagnosis" or a specific type of assistance
  • offsite link

Cancer For College

Catholic Charities

Eldercare Locator

  • Elderlocator is not a provider of assistance  but can help you find it in your area. 
  • To find help in your area, search by location or by subject at: offsite link or call: 800.677.1116

Foundation For Children With Cancer


  • This free online tool allows users to create a personal fundraising page for any person, cause, or non-profit and easily collect donations from all over the world
  • Website: offsite link

HealthWell Foundation 

  • The HealthWell Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that addresses the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance copayments, premiums, coinsurance, or other out-of-pocket health care costs.
  • Tel.: 800-675-8416  Website:  offsite link

Jennifer Ireland Foundation 

Jewish Social Service Agency

  • Assistance is not dependent on your religion
  • For an agency in your area, go to offsite linkor look in your local phone book for contact information

Lions Clubs

National Cancer Institute

  • offsite link. Search on Financial Assistance. Then type in your type of cancer. Then return to the search page and type in the subject with which you need assistance (you may find additional resources).  Tel.: 800.422.6237

National Organization For Rare Disorders offsite linkor 203.744.0100

Patient Access Network Foundation offsite link  or 866.316.7263

Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief Program offsite link 866.512.3861

Patient Services, Inc.

  • A nonprofit organization which provides health isnurance premiums assistance, pharmacy copayment assistance, and copayment waiver assistance for patients with specific types of cancer and chronic illnesses.  Tel.: 800.366.7741 offsite link

Support LIFE

  • An organization dedicated to helping people whose health is disrupted by cancer and find it difficult to pay for their medical care either because their treatment is not covered by their insurance, they are not able to afford the co-payments, or they lack health insurance.
  • Tel.: 815. 250.5749 Website: offsite link

Team Continuum

  • Team Continuum offers financial assistance by paying bills directly to the supplier - for instance, to the electric company.
  • For information, see: offsite link

If you need help paying for medications, click here.

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