The following foundations and organizations provide financial assistance for patients with cancer. Some programs offer assistance to all patients, and some target patients with specific types of cancer.
Accessia Health 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.
American Cancer Society
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
The Assistance Fund
The Assistance Fund (TAF) is an independent charitable
patient assistance foundation that helps patients and families
facing high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing
financial assistance for their copayments, coinsurance,
deductibles, and other health-related expenses. TAF currently
has many funds—each of which covers medications that
treat a specific cancer, depending on funds available.
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation,
established in 2007, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
helping people to pay for their copayments for chemotherapy
and targeted treatment drugs. This critical assistance
helps ensure patient access to care and adherence to prescribed
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is a group of
national organizations that provide financial help to patients
with cancer. The coalition provides a searchable database
of financial programs available to patients in need.
Good Days provides financial 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.
Patients who are experiencing financial hardship and are
undergoing treatment for blood cancer at the time of application
are eligible to receive a grant to help offset living
expenses and travel-related expenses related to treatment.
This independent, nonprofit organization provides financial
assistance to patients needing help paying for their co-insurance,
copay, and premium payments. Funds availability
varies by month. This foundation provides financial aid to
patients with different types of cancer, including acute
myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, mantle-
cell lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes. This
foundation also provides financial assistance to patients
who have Medicare Access and 1 of several types of cancer,
including breast cancer, gastric cancer, mantle-cell lymphoma,
multiple myeloma, melanoma, ovarian cancer, prostate
cancer, renal-cell carcinoma, and small-cell lung cancer.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides practical, financial,
and support services to anyone affected by cancer, including
patients and their caregivers. In addition to connecting
people directly with the services they need, the LIVESTRONG
Foundation offers support for patients with regard to managing
medical costs and difficulties related to insurance.
Medicine Assistance Tool
Medicine Assistance Tool is a search engine designed to
help patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers identify
financial resources available through various biopharmaceutical
industry programs. The database, which is administered
by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers
of America, includes programs to help patients who need
financial support to pay for their medications.
National Children’s Cancer Society
The National Children’s Cancer Society seeks to improve
the quality of life for children with cancer, their families,
and survivors by providing financial assistance, advocacy,
support services, and education.
National Foundation for Transplants
The National Foundation for Transplants provides fundraising
assistance for patients who need organ and/or
tissue transplants, including bone marrow and stem-cell
National Organization for Rare Disorders
This organization offers 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 national nonprofit organization, is an information
resource on available patient assistance programs
that help individuals who cannot afford medications or
other healthcare costs.
Patient Access Network Foundation
This foundation provides advocacy and financial assistance
for patients with cancer, and for cancer-related medication
side effects. This foundation provides financial support
for out-of-pocket costs associated with a wide range of
medications to treat many types of cancer.
Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a national nonprofit
organization, provides financial aid to individuals with
chronic and life-threatening illnesses, including cancer.
Professional case managers who are employed by PAF
identify and reduce barriers to accessing care; there is no
charge for these services. PAF also provides small grants to
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program
The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief program
provides direct financial support to financially and medically
eligible patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries.
These benefits may include out-of-pocket costs associated
with healthcare insurance copayments, coinsurance, and
RxAssist, through their Patient Assistance Program Center,
provides a comprehensive database of patient assistance
programs offered by drug companies, and other resources
to manage patients’ 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 drug assistance programs
for specific medications.
Rx Outreach is a nonprofit pharmacy that provides access
to affordable medications. Rx Outreach offers more than
600 medications through its mail-order pharmacy to all 50
states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
The Samfund provides direct financial assistance to young
adult survivors of cancer. The biannual Samfund Grants
Program offers financial support to cancer survivors aged
21 to 39 who meet specific eligibility criteria. This fund also
offers free financial education webinars on prescription
assistance, financial health, employment after cancer treatment,
and health and disability insurance.
National Council on Aging
BenefitsCheckUp helps individuals aged over 55 years find
support programs that may cover some of their prescription
drug costs and other healthcare expenses.
Extra Help (Medicare)
Social Security Administration
Extra Help is a Social Security program that provides
financial assistance to eligible Medicare beneficiaries with
their Medicare prescription drug plan costs, such as
monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription
copays. Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $5,100
annually. To be eligible for Extra Help, an individual must
receive Medicare, have limited resources and income, and
reside in 1 of the 50 states or in the District of Columbia.
Hill-Burton Free and Reduced-Cost Health Care
Health Resources & Services Administration
800-492-0359 in Maryland
As mandated by the Hill-Burton Act, about 140 healthcare
facilities nationwide provide free or reduced-cost care for
patients who are unable to pay, and make their services
available to all persons residing in the facility’s area.
Patients are eligible to apply for Hill-Burton free care if
their income is at or below the current Health & Human
Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines, and for reduced-cost
care if their income is ≤2 times the HHS Poverty Guidelines.
National Cancer Institute: Organizations That Offer Support Services
The NIH maintains a database of government agencies and
national organizations that provide financial assistance to
patients with cancer and their families. In addition, it provides
information about patient assistance programs.