Tips and Resources for Coping With Cancer Treatment Costs

There are many resources available to help patients with cancer navigate and pay for treatment.
Nonprofit Funding for Cancer Care

• The American Cancer Society can provide information on programs that may help patients get drugs at a substantially lower or no cost, depending on their financial circumstances and insurance plans. Its call center can be reached any time at 800-227-2345.

• The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition, composed of 14 organizations that help provide support, can be reached at

• The nonprofit advocacy group CancerCare, reachable at 800-813-HOPE, offers limited financial help to those in treatment for cancer who fall into a specific low-income category, and can also direct patients to other groups that might be able to help.

• The government’s Cancer Information Service can suggest organizations that will offer advice on financial aid. Reach it at 1-800-4-CANCER or

• Either Cancer Support Community or the Patient Advocate Foundation — and often treating oncologists — can direct patients to financial assistance programs offered by the pharmaceutical companies that make cancer immunotherapies.

• The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to insured patients living with chronic and life-altering illnesses to help them afford their medical treatments. Learn more at, or email grants@healthwell

• The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offers a co-pay assistance program for people with these cancers, and information on outside programs that may be able to offer financial help. It can be reached at 914-949-5213, 1-800-955-4572, or

• The Patient Access Network Foundation offers underinsured patients financial help with out-of-pocket costs. Reach it at 1-866-316-PANF (7263), or

• The Patient Advocate Foundation offers copay relief programs. It also acts as a liaison between patients and their insurers, employers and creditors to help resolve insurance, job retention and debt crisis issues related to their illnesses. To find out more about these free programs, visit, email, or call 1-800-532-5274.

• NeedyMeds maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can’t afford medications and healthcare costs. It also provides a free drug discount card that offers a discount of up to 80 percent at thousands of pharmacies nationwide. You can reach them at 1-800-503-6897, by email or online at

•, on its website, offers an exhaustive list of financial resources for cancer patients and survivors. Visit or

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