Coping with cancer and its aftermath both physically and emotionally is
a challenging process that taxes all those involved, including the ones
at risk and their loved ones. However, don't let the financial burdens
unduly increase stress. There are many sources for financial assistance,
which cater to a range of people and their situations.
Always remember, don't be silent about this real need! Thirty minutes
of research could save thousands of dollars and unnecessary turmoil, but
try to exhaust all resources. Talk to doctors, family members, neighbors,
and others in the community about your concerns.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute is a comprehensive home base with important
information and sources for all types of cancer. Below is a direct link
to seeking financial assistance for a range of needs including local programs
and support groups, Spanish speaking centers, oncology social workers
who can provide pertinent information, assistance for women and children,
volunteer organizations, Medicaid and Medicare, help with prescription
drugs, tax deductions, transportation, and much more.
- Financial Assistance for Cancer Care: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/support/financial-assistance
The Patient Advocate Foundation established in 1996, is dedicated to helping
patients and loved ones in a variety of sources. Below is a direct link
to information on prescription drug assistance.
- Patient Assistance Programs: What Every Oncologist Should Know:http://www.patientadvocate.org/news.php?p=281
Good starting places for additional links to financial help are:
- Links to 17 other sites: http://members.tripod.com/~cancer49/index-10.html
- Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.cancercare.org/get_help/pwc.php
- An article about others fighting cancer and its debt: Conquering Cancer,
but Way Behind on the Bills:http://www.cancerinsurance.com/English/Collaterals/NY_Times_16NOV1997.html
- National Catholic Charities Web Site: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
- United Way : http://www.unitedway.org/
- American Cancer Society links to funding: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/res/res_0.asp
- Drug Assistance through National and International Cancer Supportive Care
"Aid and Attendance" is a monthly pension benefit that the Department
of Veterans Affairs offers. Applications may be submitted online at www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
or learn more about what your local VA has to offer at www.va.gov. Claimants
for the "Aid and Assistance" benefit must be incapable of self
support and in need of regular personal assistance. For more information,