The Financial Support section provides links to resources that offer financial assistance for those dealing with cancer. Medical bills, medications, legal issues, travel and accommodation costs for treatment and education and employment issues can create financial hardships. The following resources will help in lightening the financial burden of life with cancer.

CFAC is a coalition of financial assistance organizations joining forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges. You can search for specific types of assistance as well as resources available for specific types of cancer.

CancerCare is a national nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.

The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide services and support to young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. NCCF is committed to providing need-based financial support to young adult survivors who are pursuing higher education throughout their treatment and beyond. provides financial assistance to cancer patients in areas such as mortgage, rent, utilities, prescriptions, insurance and special foods needs. Funds are made available to qualified applicants and paid directly to the appropriate vendors.

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.

Co-Pays and Medications

The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation provides eligible individuals with up to $10,000 per year in co-payment assistance. They currently offer this program to people affected by breast cancer, colon or colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, head and neck cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and renal cell cancer.

Legal and Employment

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. Their mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. They offer a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Patient Advocate Foundation's Patient Services 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.
The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a national, joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer.

The goal of SSDRC is to inform readers as to how the disability process works. This includes discussion of the Social Security Administration's definition of disability, the medical and non-medical criteria that is considered to evaluate claims, and the actual process that is employed when cases are approved or denied at different levels of the disability system.

Angel Bus is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing compassionate, non-emergency long-distance ground transportation to patients in need.  Angel Bus utilizes motor coaches and their volunteer drivers as well as commercial buses.  Patients may access help from Angel Bus by calling 1-800-768-0238 or by emailing provides people in need with access to free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.

Miracle Flights for Kids flies children who are struggling with serious cancers or debilitating diseases to specialized medical treatment centers across the U.S. Any child needing medical treatment or seeking out a second opinion not available in their own home town is eligible to apply for a miracle mission at

The National Patient Travel HELPLINE provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network. You can find the services they offer at or call 800-296-1217.

The National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. is a caring association of more than 150 nonprofit organizations located throughout the U.S. that provide family-centered lodging and support services to families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities. You can locate available NAHHH lodging at

Joe's House is an online lodging resource for cancer patients and their loved ones. Finding a place to stay near hospitals and cancer treatment centers across the country is easy at, which lists thousands of options for lodging. Details on each lodging facility such as distance to hospitals, how to make a reservation, qualifications for stays, rates and amenities can be found on the site. Users may search by city or by healthcare facility. For those without Internet access, there is a toll free line at 877-JOESHOU (877-563-7468).

Hope Lodge

Hope lodges are free, temporary housing facilities for cancer patients and their caregivers who are currently undergoing treatment. National number is (800) ACS-2345.  The closest Hope Lodge facility is in Cleveland, Ohio (216) 844-2959,

Volunteers in Health Care

This organization provides patients and doctors with information on companies that provide low-cost or free medicines to patients in need.  the contact number is (877) 844-8442.

Health insuranceAssistance Service(HIAS/ACS)


This organization aids cancer patients who have lost or are in danger of losing their health care coveraage along with identifying policy solutions to help others in similar situations.  Contact number is (800) ACS-2345

Road to Recovery

This site is an American Cancer Society program that provides transportation for cancer patients to their treatment and home again.  The contact number is (800) ACS-2345.

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