Some Helpful Links

1. Co-payment assistance / Assistance with Medical Bills:

Cancer Care Co-Pay Relief
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program
Chronic Disease Fund
Patient Access Network Foundation

2. Free or Low Cost Cancer Drugs:

Treatment Options 
http://www.needymeds.org
RX Assist
https://www.rxhope.com/home.aspx

3. Grants/Scholarships:

“I’m too Young” has a huge list of grants and/or scholarships for cancer patients under 40:

http://stupidcancer.com/community/i2y-money.shtml

NOTE: Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund is currently out of funding. It expects to resume accepting applications in May 2011.

4. Faith-Based Assistance:

Some resources in the Jewish community:

Zichron Shlome Refuah Fund, which is based in Brooklyn, NY, offers many services to Jewish cancer patients, including financial assistance

http://www.zsrf.org/

In the Orthodox Jewish community, there is a concept known as “gemach”, where people donate money, clothes, food, etc. to those who are in need. Please see below for the “Gemach” section on “Yiddele’s classifieds”

http://yiddele.com/categorydetail.aspx?id=1031&exact_phrase=0

5. Assistance From Your Cancer Care Center:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has two forms of financial assistance. One financial assistance program is designed to assist patients with their in-patient and out-patient hospital bills. The other program assists patients with non-medical expenses, such as transportation and childcare.

Perhaps your treatment center has similar kinds of assistance available.

I hope that these resources will be of some help.

Thanks to M.S. ! Hope you are back in tune, soon !

21 Responses to Some Helpful Links

  1. Chere Martin June 30, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in October 2009. I lost my job November 2009 and I’m still out of work. I have completed chemotherapy and radiation and currently taking tomoxiphen but I’m still waiting to have reconstructve surgery. The surgeon said that I can have reconstructive surgery before the end of this year, however: I have had two other surgeries this year and bills are getting farther and farther behind. I had a historectomy in January of this year and emergency surgery on my stomach six weeks ago. My disability does not cover all of my expenses and care for my two teenage children. Is there a program that will help pay some of my bills?

  2. Wanda October 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    have a question
    is there a site
    to help pay bills where
    something went wrong
    with your sewer ect??
    just need to know
    as im a newbie survivor
    would like to know!

  3. julia delfino November 18, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    tengo un terrible dolor por 9 meses despues de una mastectomia,tube un accidente y el seguro de mi esposo subio extremadamente, necesito un auto o alguna ayuda para el seguro por favor espero respuesta he sufrido sin igual, me han cortado mis alas pero aun llevo esperanza escondiendo mi dolor..quien me asistira…recompenza…divina

  4. Carla July 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Is there a resource for cancer patients that haven’t been able to work
    due to the illness and now in foreclosure?

  5. lisa Schroeder March 6, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    I have had cancer twice in the last 2years doing chemo now. But constantly getting infections. Have not worked in over a year and about to be homeless on top of my sickness. Disability is taking forever. I even have nurses that come to my house to help me bath, clean etc. I can’t do anything no more. Just trying to fight my cancer but can’t even by toothpaste if you no where I can turn for help…please help me find direction. Lisa

  6. mary weathers March 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Hello my name is Mary Weathers and I’ve had cervical cancer at the age of 24 . I’ve been doing great until the end of 2012. I lost my job due to an abrusive relationship and relocated to to atlanta to get away but since i moved here i can’t seem to find a job, i looked and looked submitted resumes on top of resumes and to no avail. i have fibroylia and high blood pressure and suffering from menopause and have been for 31years. i wondering if there’s a free clinic or something i could go to to get my meds and to see a dentist. i’m not easy not by a long shot i’ve been working two jobs for the longest but not having insurance scares me because hospitals don;t treat you with respect and they don’t gibe you a through exam. please help if you can. GOD BLESS

  7. Carolyn Walker March 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    2008 I left my job to care for my husband diagnosis with esophagus cancer, He died Jan 2009 I had complete medical benefits. Nov. 2009 I was diagnosis with stage 4 breast cancer. Having a radical mascetomy. My insurance that I was supposed to have had for life was discontinued by my deceased husbands company stating that they did not cover spouses any longer, I was then forced to pay $1000 a month that put me in financial hardship. March 2013 I have been served with property tax foreclosure can you advise.

  8. admin March 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I will reach out to someone who might be able to get something tangible, where are you located? State?

  9. Carolyn Walker March 12, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    Suffern, NY

  10. admin March 12, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    These are the two places to start the process to advocate for your current situation:

    Patient Advocate Foundation
    (800) 532-5274
    http://www.patientadvocate.org

    Cancer Legal Resource Center
    (866) THE-CLRC
    http://www.cancerlegalresourcecenter.org

    Good luck! Let us know if this helps you get justice and resolution!

    CFG Team

  11. tammy mishal April 23, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    i was just wondering if there was a site to help with rent,food,and bills i have been fighting breast cancer since 2006 and in jan i was told i have bone cancer and bone marrow cancer.i have had a hard time paying all my bills and just need a little help if i can catch up on them maybe i can pay them my self please help my husband has been using all him pay for my gas and i have been using all mine for rent and putting a little food in my house cause the rent is almost 600, a month

  12. James Gray May 2, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    I am exhausted and my spirit is long gone. I have full blown Aids, after being HIV+ for 20 years. I also have numerous tumors of Cancer that have destroyed my quality of life. Along fighting AIDS I had to battle Kaposi’s Sarcoma, CMV Retinitis, which led to Cataracts, I am now legally blind. And today I am battling the destructive and vicious Lymph Node Cancer (Lymphedema). There is also the possibility of Amputation. I don’t know what I will do if that become reality.
    When I am undressed I can not let myself look into any mirror reflecting back at me. I don’t recognize my own body anymore from the excruciating painful and uncomfortable transformation done to my body. I am devastated! Before all this Cancer, I was very proud of my body. I was a gym junkie. I worked out every day and cycled 30-50 miles a week.
    Today, I now need special sized clothes to fit my swollen and deformed lower body. Special sized shoes to fit my swollen and abnormal extra wide feet and to add to all my grief, I now need to replace my 20 year old second hand furniture including furniture and bed. Is there any resources that can help me with these financial hardships?

  13. James Gray May 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I am exhausted and my spirit is long gone. I have full blown Aids, after being HIV+ for 20 years. I also have numerous tumors of Cancer that have destroyed my quality of life. Along fighting AIDS I had to battle Kaposi’s Sarcoma, CMV Retinitis, which led to Cataracts, I am now legally blind. And today I am battling the destructive and vicious Lymph Node Cancer (Lymphedema). There is also the possibility of Amputation. I don’t know what I will do if that become reality.
    When I am undressed I can not let myself look into any mirror reflecting back at me. I don’t recognize my own body anymore from the excruciating painful and uncomfortable transformation done to my body. I am devastated! Before all this Cancer, I was very proud of my body. I was a gym junkie. I worked out every day and cycled 30-50 miles a week.
    Today, I now need special sized clothes to fit my swollen and deformed lower body. Special sized shoes to fit my swollen and abnormal extra wide feet and to add to all my grief, I now need to replace my 20 year old second hand furniture including furniture and bed. Is there any resources that can help me with these financial hardships?

  14. Darline January 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Hi, my daughter was dignosed with a whym tumor in her left kidney when she was 4 years old, They removed the kidney and thanks God she doing fine with one kidney. I was wondering if there is any school grant for people who had cancer. I would like to apply for her to go to college.

  15. Sandi September 20, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    Is there any sites out there to help pay all the bills
    I have breast cancer and the bills are pilling up
    I have had. 5 surgery and 33 radation treatments and the bills are my biggest stress
    If anyone can help
    Thanks
    Sandi

  16. Steve Liscum October 25, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    I have lung cancer and cannot work it’s going to be several months before I could get my disability and now its got to where I am homeless living out of my car I have two children that need a home how can I get a government grant to help me with the money to help me through this nightmare

  17. Arlene Smith December 18, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    2006 my husband and I were victims of mortgage fraud we had no idea at the time. Shortly after I went into a hospital as a break down and was not able to perform my duties as a school teacher. I was forced to resign leaving my family with no medical benefits. 2 months later I was diagnose with stage 4 cancer. The battle to stay alive started and took all our resources causing the mortgage to go through many upset and downs over the last 9 years. The lender is trying to foreclose and a attorney says the statute has run out to file a law suit for fraud. My point of concern is that we truly didn’t have the time or resources to focus on the mortgage during my on going battle and only now were forced to look into the matter finding out the fraud. Is there any way get help. Every legal adviser says file BK but the fraud is not addressed. With the amount of money we have paid to the bank during my battle our home should have been paid free and clear but because we paid so long and focused on the health issues now the statute of limitations may put us out on the streets when my cancer is attacking my liver and things are getting ruff. Please advise if there is any hope.

  18. Bryan February 24, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

    Need help desperately…. Stage IV NSCLC…. Any help greatly appreciated!!!

  19. Josh April 23, 2016 at 3:24 am #

    Stage iv melanoma for 3rd time. Terminal prognosis. Supports family of 7. Wife had to quit work to care for me after chemo destroyed me. Any help for living would be appreciated. Both are cars are also having issues, neither are safe to drive

  20. Debby May 14, 2016 at 2:46 am #

    On septenber 24, 2015 I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. I had to have emergancy surgery were they took out 3/4 of my large intestine and 1/4 of my small intestine.
    I was seeing a chemo doctor who woyld not adjust my chemo treatment and i ended up with a reaction from the chemo treatment, i went to the hospital and they said i had thrush, blisters in my mouth, an infection in my asophogus, phnumonia and cronic broncitus.
    I tried to find grants to help me purchase over the counter medical supplies and help me pay rent and utilities.
    To no avail i havent found any help in the state of georgia. Now i am behind 2 months on my rent and barely keeping up with my utilities.
    I am still in chemo treatments and am disabled to boot bur y checks only cover food and some payments then its gone because i live below the poverty level 700 a month.
    Is there any real grants out there or help out there other than endless pgone numbers that i qualify for or can you help me financially for a couple of months?
    I am getting desperate now and loosing hope in surviving this hardship due to cancer.

  21. Debby May 14, 2016 at 2:47 am #

    On septenber 24, 2015 I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. I had to have emergancy surgery were they took out 3/4 of my large intestine and 1/4 of my small intestine.
    I was seeing a chemo doctor who woyld not adjust my chemo treatment and i ended up with a reaction from the chemo treatment, i went to the hospital and they said i had thrush, blisters in my mouth, an infection in my asophogus, phnumonia and cronic broncitus.
    I tried to find grants to help me purchase over the counter medical supplies and help me pay rent and utilities.
    To no avail i havent found any help in the state of georgia. Now i am behind 2 months on my rent and barely keeping up with my utilities.
    I am still in chemo treatments and am disabled to boot bur y checks only cover food and some payments then its gone because i live below the poverty level 700 a month.
    Is there any real grants out there or help out there other than endless pgone numbers that i qualify for or can you help me financially for a couple of months?
    I am getting desperate now and loosing hope in surviving this hardship due to cancer. Please help me.

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