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Cancer Information and Financial Assistance Resources

Starshine started this conversation


I have come across many people who have cancer, or people knowing of someone having cancer or have loss loved ones to the disease. I wanted to put information together for those who have cancer to learn what kind of help is available to them.


Financial Assistance

We know the financial burden of cancer can be great. So, for more than 60 years, we have provided limited grants for certain expenses related to treatment. Our financial assistance program is one of the longest running and best regarded in the country.

In order to qualify, you need to provide CancerCare with information about your income, savings and expenses, and in some cases provide invoices for the cost of service. Your healthcare professional must also provide information on your cancer. Download our financial assistance application in English PDF or en español PDF .

Please be aware that our grants are not for basic living expenses such as rent, mortgages, utility payments or food. Please contact your local United Way to find out if they offer a 211 referral line to find resources that can help.

Below is a description of our programs available to people nationwide. Please contact CancerCare at 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) for more information.

See below for the American Cancer Society information

What Causes Cancer?

Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes. In this section you can learn more about the known causes of cancer, including genetic factors; lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity; certain types of infections; and environmetal exposures to different types of chemicals and radiation.
And more information is at the website

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Resources for Financial Assistance For Patients and Their Familes

Cancer can impose heavy economic burdens on both patients and their families. Government-sponsored programs as well as services supported by nonprofit, national organizations are available for people who do not have health insurance and for those who have insurance but still need financial assistance to cover health care costs. Cancer patients and their families should discuss any concerns about health care costs with their doctor, medical social worker, or the business office of their hospital or clinic.

This database includes Government agencies and national organizations that provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families, or provide information about patient assistance programs. Inclusion in this database does not imply endorsement by the National Cancer Institute. Numerous organizations provide financial assistance. This database contains many, but not all of them.

Other possible sources of assistance include local hospitals, local health departments, and state and local social services agencies. Your local telephone directory has contact information for these resources.

For more information on international resources, go to:
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Cancer Hope Network is a non-profit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. As our core offering, we match cancer patients or family members with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.

It is my wish that no one has to go through cancer and if you know of anyone going through cancer please share this page with them.

I will update when I find more information out. This was just on my mind last night as I have lost relatives and friends to cancer.


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