When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, his or her first thought is likely about how to beat the odds. Unfortunately, that path toward success is often riddled with costs, a burdensome side effect of cancer. Fortunately, financial assistance for cancer patients is available to help increase those odds.
Across the nation, health organizations and nonprofits are recognizing that cancer patients need assistance with financial resources so they can face the disease as prepared as possible. From treatment bills to medications, the cost of cancer can really add up; when you factor in lifestyle changes like reduced ability to work, the need for more childcare hours and changes to one’s diet, the expenses continue to mount. The more those financial needs are met, the better able cancer patients are to focus on their health.
Here are a few of the leading resources cancer patients can consult for financial assistance:
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition: This organization is a coalition of some of the nation’s leading cancer-care and research agencies. On its website, cancer patients can input specific details, like their diagnosis and location, to find resources tailored to their situation. They can also specify a certain need, such as assistance with purchasing a wig, home care or education scholarships. This is a one-stop shop that collects the best information on financial assistance for cancer patients and presents it in a reader-friendly guide.
American Cancer Society: This site has a good roundup of ACS’ extensive programming, as well as other national financial resources for cancer patients. From assistance with housing to caregiver expenses, ACS offers suggestions on how cancer patients can get their questions answered and their needs met.
HealthWell Foundation: The national nonprofit’s Emergency Cancer Relief Fund provides immediate financial assistance to cancer patients who need help on a number of fronts. The agency assists with treatment costs not covered by insurance, restorative and wellness care and medical debt.
A medical crisis takes physical, mental and emotional strength, and struggles with money can distract from and inhibit that process. Financial assistance can help cancer patients to harness their energy and focus it where it should be: on regaining their health.