Additional External Resources

External Support Services

Cancer Care –

Provides free counseling for cancer patients and their families, financial assistance, information and referrals, community and professional education, teleconference programs, and ongoing telephone and in-person support groups.

Voice: 1-800-813-4673

Cancer Hope Network –

Provides one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families undergoing cancer treatment from trained volunteers who have survived cancer themselves.

Voice: 1-877-467-3638

Cancer Support Community –

Provides support, education, and hope through a global network to people affected by cancer.

Voice: 1-888-793-9355; E-mail: help@cancersupportcommunity.org

Caring Bridge –

Offers personal, protected websites that can be used during a health journey to share updates with family and friends.

Cleaning For A Reason –

Offers free professional housecleaning and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer.

Voice: 1-877-337-3348

Look Good…Feel Better –

Helps cancer patients improve their appearance during treatment. Free workshops across the country.

Voice: 1-800-227-2345

MD Anderson Cancer Center’s myCancerConnection –

Matches cancer patients with others who have had the  exact same diagnosis for support.

Voice: 1-800-345-6324

Patient Advocate Foundation –

Provides education and legal counseling (relative to a diagnosis) to cancer patients concerning managed care, discrimination, insurance, and financial issues.

Voice: 1-800-532-5274

R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation BLOCH Cancer Hotline –

Connects persons with cancer to home volunteers with same type of cancer. Provides free books about cancer.

Voice: 1-800-433-0464

Take Them a Meal –

Provides meal planning service for caregivers, friends, and family.
 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

African American Breast Cancer Alliance –

Educating and supporting African Americans in their journeys with breast cancer and survivorship.

Indian Health Service –  

If you are a member of a federally recognized tribe, you may be eligible for health services within the Indian Health Service.

Men Against Breast Cancer –

Offers educational materials, online videos, workshops, and one-on-one networking with other men whose loved one has breast cancer. Conducts National Male Caregivers Conference and regional training workshops.

Voice: 1-866-547-6222

National Native American Cancer Survivors’ Support Network –

An educational community-based research study created to help improve the quality of cancer care and the quality of life for all American Indian, Alaska Native, and First Nations cancer patients and their loved ones.

Voice: 1-800-537-8295

Sharsheret (Hebrew for “chain”) –

Supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer.

Asian Women for Health

One of Asian Women for Health’s core goals is to collect and disseminate useful resources to help educate everyone on Asian women’s health topics. 

Young Survival Coalition –

Provides information and support for young women with breast cancer.

How to find financial assistance

Hospital resources

A health care provider, such as your physician, nurse or social worker may have information on financial resources. Most hospitals and treatment centers have financial counselors. They can help you with the details of your insurance paperwork and give you an estimate of the cost of your treatment.

Financial counselors can also help you work out a payment plan. If you are unable to pay, some places may be willing to reduce or waive some costs if you ask.

Hospital discharge planners, patient service offices, nurse navigators and patient navigators may also have information on resources and advice about financial matters.

Insurance questions

For questions about your insurance policy, state insurance agencies and insurance companies can be helpful.

Learn more about insurance.

Financial assistance programs

No matter your income, you may qualify for financial aid from federal, state or local programs. A financial counselor at your hospital can help you learn about these programs.

Many organizations offer financial assistance and help with travel, lodging and medical items, including prescription drugs. Some are listed below.

Information on insurance and other financial issues

A.M. Best Company
Find insurance company ratings.

www.ambest.com/

 

Affordable Care Act (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Find information on choosing a health insurance plan and the Affordable Care Act.

www.healthcare.gov/choose-a-plan/

 

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Find detailed information on Medicare and other health insurance programs for people over 50.

888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277)

www.aarp.org/health/health-insurance/

 

American Cancer Society – Understanding Financial and Legal Matters
Find information on financial topics.

800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)

www.cancer.org

 

Medicare
Find information on Medicare health insurance programs for people 65 and older, including prescription drug plans.

www.medicare.gov

Medicaid
Find information on Medicaid health insurance programs for people with low income and your state's Medicaid toll-free hotline.

www.medicaid.gov

 

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Find your state's insurance commissioner.

www.naic.org/state_web_map.htm

National Cancer Legal Services Network
Find a directory of organizations that offer free legal help for people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

www.nclsn.org

 

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Find the booklets “Understanding Your Health Insurance” and "Your Employment Rights."

877-NCCS-YES (877-622-7937)

www.canceradvocacy.org

Patient Advocate Foundation
Offers financial assistance information and legal and advocacy help if an insurance claim is denied.

800-532-5274

www.patientadvocate.org

Patient Advocate Foundation - National Underinsured Resource Directory
Find local, state and national resources for people who have insurance but struggle to pay out-of-pocket costs of care.

800-532-5274

www.patientadvocate.org/help4u.php  

Health care assistance

Medical care and other medical items

Komen Treatment Assistance Program 
Offers financial assistance for some medical equipment and lymphedema supplies.

1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

www.komen.org

The Pink Fund

Offers financial assistance for health insurance premiums.

www.pinkfund.org/get-help/

Sisters Network Inc.
Offers financial assistance for breast prosthesis, medical bras and compression arm sleeves.

www.sistersnetworkinc.org/programs.html

Social Security Administration
Find your local social security office.

www.ssa.gov/

Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (U.S. Department of Labor)
Find information on federal laws requiring insurance coverage of breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/whcra.html

Prescription drug assistance

CancerCare – Co-payment Assistance Foundation
Offers health insurance co-payment assistance for chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs.

866-55-COPAY (866-552-6729)

www.cancercarecopay.org

Komen Treatment Assistance Program 
Offers financial assistance for some medications, medical equipment and lymphedema supplies.

1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

www.komen.org

Medicare
Find information on Medicare prescription drug plans for people 65 and older.

www.medicare.gov/

NeedyMeds.com
Offers information on drug company assistance programs.

www.needymeds.org/pap

Patient Advocate Foundation
Find an online directory of drug company assistance programs.

www.patientadvocate.org/

Patient Advocate Foundation – Co-Pay Relief Program
Offers financial assistance for prescription drug co-payments.

866-512-3861

www.copays.org

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Offers low-cost and free prescription drug programs for people with limited income.

888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669)

www.pparx.org/

Rx Hope
Find an online directory of prescription drug assistance programs.

www.rxhope.com/

Strings for a Cure

Offers financial assistance for prescription drugs co-payments.

www.stringsforacure.org/SFAC-Programs/

Genetic testing

Myriad Financial Assistance Program
Offers financial assistance for genetic testing.

www.myriad.com/myriad-cares-2/financial-assistance-program/

Quest Diagnostic's Patient Assistance Program

Offers financial assistance for genetic testing.

http://questdiagnostics.com/home/about/corporate-citizenship/community-giving/assistance.html

Transportation assistance

The social work and care coordination departments at your hospital may have information on local transportation programs. Some cancer organizations also have programs that can help.

City, county and state agencies can arrange for low-cost or free local transportation for people with disabilities. For more information on these services, contact your city, county or state transportation department.

American Cancer Society – Road to Recovery
Offers local transportation to and from cancer treatments.

800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)

www.cancer.org  

CancerCare – AVONCares
Offers financial assistance for transportation to and from cancer treatments.

800-813-HOPE (800-813-4673)

www.cancercare.org/financial/information

The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation

Offers financial assistance for transportation to and from cancer treatments.

www.catherinefund.org

Komen Treatment Assistance Program 
Offers financial assistance for transportation to and from cancer treatments.

1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

www.komen.org

Long-distance transportation

Air Charity Network
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.

877-621-7177

www.aircharitynetwork.org

Corporate Angel Network
Uses empty seats on corporate planes to help cancer patients reach treatment centers. (Travel for caregivers is not covered.)

866-328-1313

www.corpangelnetwork.org  

Lifeline Pilots
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.

800-822-7972

www.lifelinepilots.org/  

Mercy Medical Airlift
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.

800-296-1217

www.mercymedical.org/  

National Patient Travel Center
Offers free or discounted air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.

800-296-1217

www.patienttravel.org

Lodging assistance

If your hospital or treatment center is far from home, there may be times when you and your family need to find a place to stay overnight. Many hospitals and treatment centers can arrange a discount rate at a nearby hotel or motel. The American Cancer Society can also help.

American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge and hotel lodging
Offers lodging for families during cancer treatment.

800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)

www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging.html

Joe's House
Find an online directory of free and discounted lodging for cancer patients and their families.

www.joeshouse.org/Lodging.aspx 

Child care and elder care assistance

If children or elderly family members rely on you to take care of them, it can be hard to get to treatment. Family and friends may be able to help. (They often want to help, but don’t know how. This is one way they can help you.) The programs below also offer help.

CancerCare – AVONCares Program
Offers financial assistance for child care during treatment.

800-813-HOPE (800-813-4673)

www.cancercare.org/financial/information

Komen Treatment Assistance Program 
Offers financial assistance for child care and elder care during treatment.

1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

www.komen.org  

Financial Issues - Personal expenses

The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation

Offers financial assistance for personal expenses including rent, utilities and food.

www.catherinefund.org

The Pink Fund

Offers financial assistance for personal expenses including mortgage or rent, utilities and car payments.

www.pinkfund.org/get-help/

Strings for a Cure

Offers financial assistance for personal expenses including mortgage or rent, utilities, food and car payments.

www.stringsforacure.org/SFAC-Programs/

Clinical trial costs

National Cancer Institute - Insurance Coverage and Clinical Trials
Find information on insurance coverage of clinical trial costs.

www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/clinical-trials/paying/insurance

Low-cost and free mammograms

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies cover the cost of mammograms.

Since September 2010, the Affordable Care Act has required all new health insurance plans to cover yearly mammograms with no co-payment (co-insurance) for women ages 40 and older.

In many parts of the U.S., low-cost or free mammograms are also offered through national programs and community organizations.

Komen Affiliates fund breast cancer education and screening projects in their communities for those who need it most. Find an Affiliate in your area to learn what resources are available.

Call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET and from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT to help find low-cost options in your area.

Each October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many imaging centers offer mammograms at reduced rates. To find a certified mammography center in your area, visit the FDA website (www.fda.gov).

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
Provides access to breast cancer screening to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.

www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/

Planned Parenthood
Offers clinical breast exams and referrals for mammography (and any follow-up testing, such as breast ultrasound).

www.plannedparenthood.org/

 

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