2017 Patient Guide to Cancer Support Services
As many patients with cancer know all too well, paying for cancer therapies can present serious financial difficulties, which have recently been labeled as “financial toxicity,” the newest type of serious side effects associated with cancer therapy. The cost of 1 cancer drug or 1 cancer treatment today can be as high as $60,000 or more monthly, which puts a serious financial burden on patients and their families.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) provides support services for many patients with cancer, including education related to a variety of blood cancers, as well as financial support for patients with certain blood cancers to help them pay for their medications and other treatment-related expenses. CONQUER: the patient voice magazine asked Beatrice Abetti, LCSW, Director, Information Resource Center, LLS, to describe some of the patient support services provided by LLS, focusing on their financial assistance programs.
CancerCare Patient Support Services: Addressing Financial Distress in Patients with Cancer Interview with Jane Levy, LCSW-R Director of Patient Assistance Programs, CancerCare
CancerCare has been serving patients with cancer for more than 70 years. In this interview, Ms Levy discusses the patient support services provided by CancerCare, focusing on their financial assistance programs.
The following foundations and organizations provide financial assistance for patients with cancer. Some programs offer assistance to all patients with cancer, and some target patients with specific types of cancer. This directory lists the general programs first, then programs focused on specific types of cancer.
These drug company programs are designed to help patients afford their cancer medications and other treatment-related programs. Patients should check the programs available for the drugs they use to see if they qualify for the financial assistance the drug company offers for their drugs.
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