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 + Careers

Nonprofit that empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Its free services include a comprehensive website and library of publications in English and Spanish; legal and insurance information; career coaching; resume review, and much more. 

Email:cancerandcareers@cew.org

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

Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance

The Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance's (LBCA’) mission is to make all who are touched by ILC aware of its unique characteristics and the critical need for more ILC research; to be the go-to source for information on ILC studies, clinical trials and educational tools, and much more. 

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 my Cancer Connection

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

Voice: 1-800-345-6324

 

Paddle for the Cure 

Provides  a special support organization for breast cancer survivors /supporters. They offer a unique survivorship program that uses recreational dragon boat paddling to manage side effects of treatment for breast cancer survivors and promotes a positive and healthy lifestyle.

Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit charity that provides direct services to patients with chronic, life threatening and debilitating diseases to help access care and treatment recommended by their doctor. We offer free telephone-based case management services, educational materials, resource directories, financial aid funds, and have a co-pay relief program.

Voice: 1-800-532-5274

Patient Empowerment Network

PEN is a nonprofit organization who’s mission is to fortify cancer patients and care partners with the knowledge and tools to boost their confidence, put them in control of their healthcare journey, and assist them in receiving the best, most personalized care available to ensure they have the best possible outcome. PEN helps enhance patient health literacy to enable shared decision-making and resources to empower patients and care partners at every step of their cancer journey

Project Life

A membership based virtual wellness house for those living with Metastatic Breast Cancer and their loved ones. 

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

Skarlette

The Skarlette collection; attractive post-surgical lingerie, designed by flat women, for flat women.

Email: hello@skarlette.co.uk

Take Them a Meal 

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

 

Triage Cancer 

Triage Cancer provides education on legal and practical issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. Through free in-person and online educational events, materials, animated videos, and state-specific resources, Triage Cancer provides expert content on issues related to work, insurance, disability benefits, finances, estate planning, medical decision-making, and more. 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

African American Breast Cancer Alliance

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

Asian Women for Health

Asian Women for Health is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support as well as through their 8-week Achieving Whole Health online wellness program. The goal is for Asian women to be well informed, have access to care that is of great quality and culturally appropriate so they are inspired to live happy, healthy lives. 

His Breast Cancer

HIS Breast Cancer Awareness nonprofit organization was founded in honor of all men who are at risk of, diagnosed and surviving with the Disease of Breast Cancer and to those who have died because of it.

Our mission is to increase awareness and hence the early detection for all men and to help those who are at high risk due to genetics and other risk factors to gain access to regular screenings. hisbreastcancer@gmail.com

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.

TigerLily Foundation

Tigerlily Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate for, empower, and support young women, before, during and after breast cancer. We envision a future where a breast cancer diagnosis doesn’t inspire fear, but ignites hope for a future. Through our programs, we seek to educate and empower women of all backgrounds, including those at heightened risk, those facing health disparities, and those with less access to care.

Young Survival Coalition 

Provides information and support for young women with breast cancer.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 

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.

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

Affordable Care Act (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Find information on choosing a health insurance plan and the Affordable Care Act.

A.M. Best Company

Find insurance company ratings.

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)

American Cancer Society – Understanding Financial and Legal Matters

Find information on financial topics.

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

HealthWell Foundation

The HealthWell Foundation is a national non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to insured Americans who struggle to meet their out-of-pocket costs for medical treatments.

Email: grants@healthwellfoundation.org

Phone: (800) 675-8416

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Find your state's insurance commissioner.

National Cancer Legal Services Network

Find a directory of organizations that offer free legal help for people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

Find the booklets “Understanding Your Health Insurance” and "Your Employment Rights."

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

Patient Advocate Foundation

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

800-532-5274

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

The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation

Offers financial assistance for personal expenses including rent, utilities and food, and transportation to and from cancer treatments.

Healthcare Assistance

The Pink Fund

Offers financial assistance for health insurance premiums.

Sisters Network Inc.

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

Strings for a Cure

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

Social Security Administration

Find your local social security office.

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.

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)

Genetic testing

Myriad Financial Assistance Program
Offers financial assistance for genetic testing.

NeedyMeds.com

Offers information on drug company assistance programs.

Patient Advocate Foundation

Find an online directory of drug company assistance programs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

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

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

Patient Advocate Foundation – Co-Pay Relief Program

Offers financial assistance for prescription drug co-payments.

866-512-3861

Quest Diagnostic's Patient Assistance Program

Offers financial assistance for genetic testing.

Rx Hope

Find an online directory of prescription drug assistance programs.

Strings for a Cure

Offers financial assistance for prescription drugs co-payments.

TRANSPORTATION ASISISTANCE 

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)

CancerCare – AVONCares

Offers financial assistance for transportation to and from cancer treatments.

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

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

Lifeline Pilots

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

800-822-7972

Long-distance transportation

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

877-621-7177

Mercy Medical Airlift

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

800-296-1217

National Patient Travel Center

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

800-296-1217

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)

Joe's House

Find an online directory of free and discounted lodging for cancer patients and their families.

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)

Low-cost and free mammograms

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies cover the cost of mammograms and prescription drugs for people with low-income and those 65 and older.

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.

Komen also offers transportation services to and from cancer treatments, financial assistance for child care and elder care during treatment, and financial assistance for some medications , medical equipment, and lymphedema supplies. 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.

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program

Provides access to breast cancer screening to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.

Planned Parenthood

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

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