The cost of medical treatment is among the many concerns you may have if you, a friend, or family member has been diagnosed with cancer. Because bills and debt can add up quickly, you may want to seek financial help soon after being diagnosed with cancer.

American Cancer Society Prescription Drug Assistance Programs – find help paying for treatment, managing insurance issues, and applying for prescription drug assistance

Assist Fund (855-845-3663) – provides financial support to chronically ill patients with high-cost medications.

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation – helps individuals cover the cost of medications for treating cancer

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs – apply for Medicare, find supplemental insurance plans, hospitals, drug plans, doctors, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, and more

Modest Needs Foundation  – a user-contributed list of helpful organizations and programs

National Cancer Institute Financial and Support Services for Cancer Patients  – view more than 100 organizations nationwide that provide emotional, practical, and financial support services for people with cancer and their families

National Human Genome Financial Assistance Information

National Institutes of Health Financial Assistance Information

National Multilingual Helpline – offers bilingual assistance with questions about Medicare Prescription Drug plans and other health matters. Languages include English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Korean, and Vietnamese.

National Organization for Rare Disorders Patient Assistance Programs – find patient assistance programs that help patients with rare diseases obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford

NeedyMeds  – an online information resource of programs that provide assistance to people who are unable to afford their medications and health care costs

Partnership for Prescription Assistance – helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free

Patient Access Network Foundation – helps underinsured patients access needed medications for chronic and rare diseases through co-payment assistance

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program – offers relief to assist insured patients who are financially and medically qualified and are being treated for specific conditions

Patient Assistance Program Directory – alphabetical list of pharmaceutical companies that offer prescription assistance programs

Prescription Drug Assistance Programs – learn about public and private resources that can help people with the cost of their medicines

Rx Assist – find out how to apply for patient assistance programs that offer free or low cost drugs to individuals who are unable to pay for their medication

RxHope – contracts directly with pharmaceutical companies to provide an electronic application process for their patient assistance programs

Statewide Drug Assistance Programs – find programs listed by state that assist older adults, disabled, and low income individuals to pay for prescription medicines

  • Air Care Alliance (888-260-9707) offers a central listing of free transportation services provided by volunteer pilots and charitable aviation groups.
  • Air Charity Network (877-621-7177) coordinates free air transportation for people in need through various organizations around the United States.
  • Air Compassion for Veterans (888-662-6794) provides wounded warriors, veterans, and their family members with medical air transportation through commercial airline tickets, air ambulance services, and other programs.
  • Angel Airline Samaritans (800-296-1217) facilitates no-cost or reduced rate commercial airline tickets to and from distant specialized medical evaluations or treatments for people with cancer in need and their families.
  • The Corporate Angel Network (866-328-1313) arranges free air transportation for people with cancer traveling to treatment using empty seats on corporate jets.
  • The Healthcare Hospitality Network (800-542-9730) is an association of more than 200 nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment away from home.
  • The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge (800-227-2345) gives cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay while receiving treatment in another city. Currently, there are 31 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States.
  • Joe’s House (877-563-7468) is a nonprofit organization providing a nation-wide online service that helps cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.
  • LifeLine Pilots (800-822-7972) are volunteer pilots who donate their time and all flight expenses to people in need of free transportation for on-going treatment, diagnosis, and follow-up care.
  • National Patient Travel Center (800-296-1217) provides information about long-distance travel for people with cancer and their families in need of travel.
  • PALS (Patient AirLift Services) (888-818-1231) has a network of volunteer pilots who provides people with chronic illnesses air transport services at no cost.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities (630-623-7048) offer free or reduced-cost lodging for families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
Karen Driskill, RN, CHPN Karen Driskill, a CCF Patient Advocate and Volunteer, frequently represents the Foundation at meetings throughout the country.  Here are some of her reports “From the Field”.