The American Cancer Society has programs and services to help patients with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and identify resources for patients who need financial assistance.
The American Childhood Cancer Organization provides programs, information, and awareness for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to advocate for their needs, and to support research so every child survives and leads a long and healthy life.
These programs provide financial assistance for patients with multiple myeloma or lymphoma
These programs help patients needing an unrelated donor for a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. The funds pay for costs (including copays) not covered by insurance that may accumulate while searching for a donor and for 12 months after a transplant. Financial aid recipients must meet certain financial eligibility criteria.
This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma
This foundation offers 2 financial assistance programs for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. The Lifeline Fund covers costs associated with a transplant, including copays, medical treatment, and a variety of living and travel expenses, and the Scholarship Fund assists students who have undergone a transplant, are enrolled or enrolling in a primary, secondary, or college-level school, and whose annual household income is less than $55,000. Funding helps cover tuition, supplies, and educational homebound equipment.
This organization provides financial assistance for patients with NETs, breast, or lung cancer, and for cancer-related medication side effects
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free professional support services to patients with cancer and their caregivers.
CancerCare’s financial assistance programs provide limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs. The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation helps patients afford insurance copayments for chemotherapy and targeted treatments.
This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with breast, brain, lung, multiple myeloma, NETs, pancreatic, or thyroid cancer
The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation helps with insurance copayments to cover the cost of chemotherapy and targeted drugs associated with various cancers. Eligible patients must be undergoing chemotherapy or be prescribed a targeted drug; be covered by private insurance, by an employer health plan, or by Medicare Part B, C, or D; and have an adjusted gross income of up to 4 times the federal poverty level.
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is a group of national organizations that provide financial help to patients with cancer. The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition provides a searchable database of financial resources available to patients in need.
The Cancer Support Community is an international nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing social and emotional support, education, and hope to individuals affected by cancer. The Cancer Support Community offers a menu of personalized services and education. These support services are available through a network of professionally led, community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices, and online resources.
Through their numerous, dependable services, the Emilio Nares Foundation helps direct families through their child’s journey with cancer, and supports each child’s recovery. Services offered by the Emilio Nares Foundation include financial aid, access to information and trained staff members in the resource center, and the foundation’s flagship program, Ride With Emilio, which offers underprivileged children and their parents transportation assistance in getting to and from the hospital for cancer-related appointments.
This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with breast, colorectal, leukemia, liver, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, pancreatic, or thyroid cancer
Good Days, formerly known as the Chronic Disease Fund, provides assistance to underinsured patients who are diagnosed with chronic or life-altering diseases (including cancer) so that they get access to the medications they need.
This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma
Patients who are experiencing financial hardship and are undergoing treatment for leukemia at the time of application are eligible to receive a grant for up to $750, to help offset living expenses, and travel-related expenses due to disease and/or medical expenses.
This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with NETs, head and neck, or lung cancer, and for cancer-related medication side effects
The HealthWell Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, healthcare premiums, and deductibles for certain medications and therapies.
This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient financial support programs provide limited financial assistance (including financial support toward insurance copayments, insurance premium costs, and travel expenses) to patients with significant financial need who are diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma.
The National Children’s Cancer Society seeks to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing financial assistance, advocacy, support services, and education.
The National Foundation for Transplants provides fundraising assistance for patients needing organ and tissue transplants, including bone marrow and stem-cell transplants.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders is dedicated to helping patients with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. They offer financial assistance programs that provide medication, financial assistance with insurance premiums and copays, diagnostic testing assistance, and travel assistance for clinical trials or consultation with disease specialists.
NeedyMeds, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an information resource on available patient assistance programs that help individuals who cannot afford medications or other healthcare costs.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medication they need by connecting them to patient assistance programs. This organization offers access to more than 475 public and private programs, including 200 pharmaceutical company programs.
This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with breast, colorectal, kidney, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, multiple myeloma, myelofibrosis, NETs, pancreatic, polycythemia vera, prostate, skin, or thyroid cancer, and for cancer-related medication side effects
The Patient Access Network Foundation provides financial support for out-of-pocket costs associated with a wide range of medications to treat a number of chronic or life-threatening conditions, including cancer.
This foundation provides financial assistance for patients with breast, bladder, cervical, colorectal, kidney, gastric, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, ovarian, prostate, or lung cancer
The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program provides direct financial support to financially and medically eligible patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries. These may include out-of-pocket costs associated with healthcare insurance copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
This organization provides financial assistance for patients with leukemia, multiple myeloma, GIST, or kidney cancer
Patient Services, Inc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health insurance premium assistance, pharmacy copayment assistance, and copayment waiver assistance for patients with chronic illnesses, including several types of cancer.
RxAssist, through their online Patient Assistance Program Center, provides a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies as well as other tools and resources to manage their medication costs.
RxHope is a web-based patient assistance resource that helps patients obtain free or low-cost prescription medications. RxHope has program descriptions and downloadable applications for prescription assistance programs for specific medications.
Rx Outreach is a nonprofit charity that provides access to affordable medications. Rx Outreach offers more than 600 medications through their mail-order pharmacy to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
The following foundations and organizations provide financial support for patients with a specific type of cancer, as noted in each section.
This foundation provides financial assistance to patients with brain cancer, brain tumors, and brain injuries. Applicants must have a diagnosis of brain cancer, brain tumor, brain disease, or brain injury; currently be receiving treatment for the diagnosis; and show financial hardship because of the diagnosis. Benefits are paid directly to companies from bills or statements received from the patients once financial assistance is approved.
This foundation provides supplementary financial assistance to families or caregivers with financial, nonmedical costs related to a pediatric primary brain tumor diagnosis. Grants of up to $500 per family are available and will be issued directly to the child’s parents or caregiver. The request for assistance must be submitted by a certified social worker on behalf of the family, and families are eligible to receive 1 family assistance grant every 12 months.
This foundation provides limited financial assistance to help with the costs of treatments, medical equipment, respite care, home care, and general living expenses for patients with brain tumors and their families.
This foundation offers family assistance to anyone under age 21 who is currently receiving treatment for a brain tumor. Applications must be completed in full and submitted by a hospital social worker. The foundation only makes payments directly to third-party service providers.
This foundation provides financial assistance to the families of children (age 17 and younger) who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The assistance is offered through bill payment on behalf of the family and the patient. Outstanding bills to be covered may include rent, mortgage, utilities, medical bills, credit cards, and more. Patients must provide a digital photo of themselves and/or their family, a copy of the pathology/MRI report, and a complete application.
This foundation’s Brain Tumor Drug Copayment Assistance Program provides financial assistance to families who need help covering the cost of certain drugs (Avastin, Gliadel, and Temodar) used to treat primary malignant brain tumors (grade 3 or 4). Patients must be insured and either be unemployed (because of the illness) or have an annual income of less than 500% of the federal poverty level. Reimbursement is given on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds run out, with a yearly maximum of $5,000 per person.
This foundation is focused on families living with neuroblastoma and provides assistance where other organizations may not, by covering insurance gaps, transportation, treatment, lodging, and household support.
This program offers a 1-year award of $500 (paid directly to an accredited academic institution) for a student who was diagnosed at or before age 19 with a primary malignant or nonmalignant central nervous system brain and/or spinal cord tumor.
This foundation provides grants of $1,000 to families living with childhood brain cancer. Applicants must be a parent or a legal guardian of the diagnosed child, and all applications must be accompanied by the child’s birth certificate and a letter from the child’s physician. Families may request assistance once yearly.
This foundation assists patients with brain cancer by providing funds for travel, living expenses, copayments, and medical bills. Payments will be made directly to vendors, and patients can reapply every 6 months for assistance.
Patients who are receiving treatment for breast cancer are eligible for the All4One Alliance programs if they have a household income below 250% of the federal poverty level. All4One assistance programs include the Breast Form Fund, the Garment Fund, the Best Friends for Life Company Program, and the LympheDIVAs Program.
The American Breast Cancer Foundation provides direct financial assistance to uninsured and underserved women and men of all ages for breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests through the Breast Cancer Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program, and the Community Advocacy Program.
The Avon Foundation for Women, specifically through the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, links medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. The foundation provides targeted, customized approaches to help low-income, underinsured, and other marginalized populations obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.
Through this organization’s Help Now Fund, patients in active treatment for breast cancer who have not been funded in the past 12 months and who can provide documentation of past-due rent and/or utility bills may qualify for one-time emergency financial assistance. The maximum amount of assistance is $500 per approved applicant and can only be used for rent, electric, water, or gas bills. Applications are only accepted the 1st through the 7th of the month; patients will be contacted by the 15th of the month. Applicants who were not approved may submit a new application the following month.
The Catherine Fund Grant Program provides financial aid grants for basic, nonmedical life necessities to women and men with breast cancer, who are struggling financially as a direct result of the diagnosis and treatment. Patients must be in active treatment (within 3 months of breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation), have a financial hardship as a direct result of the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, have less than $5,000 in liquid assets, and be able to provide documentation that they have been employed for 4 of the 12 months before diagnosis.
This foundation supports patients with breast cancer who are actively participating in a breast cancer clinical trial at a state-licensed medical facility and have incurred expenses related to that trial participation. Funding is available in the form of reimbursement for expenses incurred as part of participation in clinical trial research.
This organization offers financial assistance to women under age 30 with breast cancer, for medical-related expenses only. Applicants must provide a driver’s license, birth certificate, medical bills, and a letter from the patient’s doctor.
This foundation offers the Survivors Thrive Grant Program that benefits patients with breast cancer who have significant financial burdens specifically from medical surgeries, treatments, or hospitalization related to their breast cancer. Those within 1 to 2 years of treatment and with medical debt may receive this 1-time grant; 90% of funding is allotted specifically for New Jersey residents.
This national breast reconstruction organization works to fund breast reconstructive surgery for uninsured or underinsured women. Applicants must be 65 years old or younger, free of medical complications that would preclude safe surgery, and be able to demonstrate need.
The Pink Daisy Project provides short-term assistance for women under age 45 who are within 3 months of breast cancer treatment or reconstruction due to breast cancer. To help patients offset their budget, the assistance is provided in the form of gift cards for groceries, restaurants, and gas.
The Pink Fund distributes short-term financial aid to patients with breast cancer who have lost all or a part of their income during active treatment after a breast cancer diagnosis or recurrence in the past year. This nonmedical financial assistance supports basic living expenses (including health insurance premiums, mortgage or rent payments, car payments, car insurance, or utilities), and lasts for up to 3 consecutive months, with a cap of $3,000. Payments are made directly to the patient’s creditors. The Pink Fund does not make payments for any medical treatments, prescription drugs (including hormone therapy), medical copays, insurance deductibles, prostheses, wigs, food, gasoline, or car repairs.
The Breast Cancer Assistance Program provided by this national African American breast cancer survivorship organization provides financial assistance for expenses including utility bills, rent, medical bills, and mortgage. Patients must provide a copy of 1 outstanding bill to be eligible.
Patients with medical insurance who are having trouble meeting their insurance deductibles and treatment costs can apply for a maximum of $5,000 in financial assistance from Smiley Wiley. Eligible patients can apply once yearly and must be currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and have a household income of $55,000.
This foundation supports young women (age 15-45 years) before, during, and after breast cancer. For young women diagnosed under age 45 who are currently in treatment for breast cancer, the Funds for Families Program offers financial assistance for medical treatment, rent, utilities, and necessities. The At Home Program offers housecleaning and grocery gift cards.
For patients who are currently being treated for breast cancer or are within 3 to 5 years of remission, this foundation offers an Individual Grant (for medical, insurance, living, and travel expenses), Holistic Care Individual Grant (for diet and nutritional services, as well as mind-body therapies and treatments), and Breast Reconstruction Grant (for breast reconstructive surgery). All eligible applicants will receive assistance. To be eligible, patients must have a household income of less than 2.5 times the federal poverty level and are required to make a “Pay It Forward Contribution” of either $25 or $50 (depending on the grant).
This organization’s Blue Hope Financial Assistance program offers a one-time $300 financial stipend to help cover treatment-related expenses for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, with a total household income below 200% of the federal poverty guideline.
This organization’s Miracle Granting program awards grants to patients with colon cancer who are 40 years old or younger. Recipients must be referred by a medical professional.
This organization’s Second Opinion Fund for Travel and Treatment provides financial assistance for needy patients with GIST or their guardians who are traveling to seek a second opinion from a GIST specialist for the treatment of GIST. Covered expenses include travel, meals during travel, lodging, long-distance calls, and parking.
This organization offers one-time–only grants for patients diagnosed with gastric cancer, or for the caregiver of the person with gastric cancer. Grant amounts are based on available funds and can be used for whatever financial needs the patient deems necessary.
This foundation has a number of financial assistance funds available for patients with kidney failure, including the Health Insurance Premium Program and Safety Net Grant program (for patients on dialysis).
This organization’s financial assistance programs are open to adults and children with any type of leukemia, with no proof of income required. Medicaid recipients are not eligible. The Co-Pay Assistance Program helps with medical bills, including, but not limited to, office visits, lab tests, chemotherapy, and prescriptions. The maximum assistance to each patient is $1,500. Programs are open every January 1 on a first-come, first-served basis until full.
This foundation’s patient assistance program provides patients with leukemia financial aid in the form of reimbursements for certain expenses that are not covered by insurance companies.
This foundation has partnered with NeedyMeds to offer the American Liver Foundation Drug Discount Card, which is accepted at more than 63,000 pharmacies. There are no income, insurance, or residency requirements, although the discount card cannot be combined with insurance. However, the discount card may be used instead of insurance.
This foundation offers 2 financial assistance programs, the Patient Aid Grant Program and the T-Cell Lymphoma Transportation Assistance Program. The Patient Aid Grant Program provides limited financial assistance to patients with lymphoma who are uninsured or have adequate medical insurance but struggle to pay for expenses related to their lymphoma treatment, such as medical bills, transportation costs to get to and from treatment, lodging expenses during treatment, and childcare costs while they are receiving treatment. The T-Cell Lymphoma Transportation Assistance Program provides financial assistance to patients with T-cell lymphoma who are uninsured or who have adequate medical insurance but struggle to pay for transportation costs (such as mileage, parking, tolls, gas, train tickets) to get to and from treatment. Each grant is $500, paid directly to the individual, and applicants may reapply every 6 months.
The Assistance Fund is a leading nonprofit organization that provides access to medication and advanced therapies for patients with melanoma for the underinsured critically or chronically ill population through a range of services, including education and financial aid.
This organization’s Family Assistance Program helps with medical expenses directly related to treating stage III and IV metastatic melanoma. They assist with any type of medical bill, including office copays, annual deductibles, prescription medication, hospital bills, and healthcare premiums, including COBRA premiums. Patients are asked to submit a letter from their oncologist documenting their diagnosis, a copy of their driver’s license, and a copy of the bill(s) they would like paid. Checks are issued directly to whoever is billing the patient. Typical grants are $700 to $1,000, based on available funds.
This program offers fertility medications at no cost to patients with cancer who require fertility preservation treatment. Although there are no financial requirements, applicants must not have undergone chemotherapy within the previous 6 months.
Fertile Action’s Fertility Preservation Grant can reduce the costs associated with egg or embryo freezing by 55% to 95%. Patients must provide a letter of medical necessity from a reproductive endocrinologist as well as a medical clearance letter from an oncologist.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation program provides practical, financial, and support services to anyone affected by cancer, including patients and their caregivers or families. In addition to connecting people directly with the services they need, the LIVESTRONG Foundation offers free emotional support and assistance for patients with regard to managing medical costs and difficulties related to insurance, understanding their treatment options, and accessing clinical trials.
This foundation offers medical bill assistance (up to $500 monthly) for women age 35 and younger who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Patients will not receive any direct funding.
The Samfund provides scholarships to young adult cancer survivors for a wide range of cancer-associated costs. They offer 2 categories of family-building grants. Option A provides up to $1,000 toward the storage of eggs, embryos, or sperm. Option B offers up to $4,000 toward expenses for fertility procedures, such as testing, IUI, IVF, gestational carrier, adoption, and others. Applicants must make clear and direct connections between their current financial situation and their experience with cancer.
This foundation assists individuals who are currently living with or are affected by ovarian cancer and are in need of assistance to maintain their quality of life. Requests for assistance may include (but are not limited to) wigs, transportation to treatments, meals, and medical bill assistance. Assistance with medical bills will require documentation supporting the specific request.
This organization offers fertility assistance grants to patients facing cancer treatments with fertility preservation expenses, including, but not limited to, subsidized copays, transportation, and up to 5 years of keeping eggs and sperm frozen. Eligible patients must apply for grants before starting cancer treatment and be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial need. Funds will be issued directly to the medical provider.
The Hirshberg Foundation is available by phone to assist patients in finding pancreatic specialists, treatment facilities, and clinical trials. The Hirshberg Foundation offers limited financial assistance to patients for transportation and treatment costs, home care, pain medication, and childcare through their Hirshberg Pancreatic Program (www.cancercare.org/financial).
The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation provides direct financial resources to patients with pancreatic cancer undergoing treatment. The assistance covers basic living expenses. The foundation also offers support groups that meet in person and online, as well as patient advocacy and educational awareness programs.
Patients who are uninsured or underinsured may qualify to get help with the cost of Eligard. Patients must meet certain financial restrictions.
Patients with sarcoma who are traveling a minimum of 50 miles for treatment and who can demonstrate financial need may be eligible for an Eric D. Davis Foundation Grant, issued twice a year. Each grant maximum is $1,500 and helps cover the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and childcare during treatment.
Money raised by Kylee’s Dancing Angels is redirected to patients with sarcoma who need financial support to get to their “happy place.” This foundation funds specific activities, trips, or wishes for patients with sarcoma.
This foundation’s Hand in Hand: The Suzanne R. Leider Memorial Assistance Fund helps patients with sarcoma by offering financial assistance for second opinion consultations by reimbursing expenses related to travel, phone bills, costs of the evaluation, and related expenses. The current grant maximum is $500.
Patients with sarcoma whose annual income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty limit may qualify for assistance from this foundation. Assistance provided covers the cost of treatment transportation, home care, childcare, meals, and living expenses.