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Where Cancer Survivors Can Get Help

At least 2 million Americans—roughly one in six cancer survivors—decide to forgo at least some follow-up medical care because of the cost, according to recent research.

See the feature story "The Cancer Survivor's New Battle" to learn more. Below is a list of organizations that provide financial help for survivors who can't afford care.

American Cancer Society (National Cancer Information Center)

1-800-227-2345 /

Provides referrals to other agencies; some local offices provide assistance for transportation, medication, temporary housing and wigs.

Brain Tumor Society

1-800-770-8287 /


1-866-552-6729 toll-free /

Pharmaceutical copayment assistance to patients with breast, lung, colon and pancreatic cancers who have private insurance, employer-sponsored plans, Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage.

1-800-813-4673 /

Assistance for transportation costs and some pain and other side-effect medications.

Chronic Disease Fund

1-877-968-7233 toll-free /

Copayment assistance for medications for patients with breast, colon, multiple myeloma and non-small-cell lung cancers who have private insurance or Medicare Part D.

Healthwell Foundation

1-800-675-8416 /

Assists patients with various cancers or chemo-induced anemia with insurance copays, premiums or other out-of-pocket costs.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

1-877-557-2672 toll-free /

Helps patients meet their health insurance or Medicare Plan B or D premiums or copay obligations.

1-800-500-9976 /

Grants up to $500 for uncovered expenses such as transportation, lodging, child care and home care, and cosmetic and medical devices.

Lymphoma Research Foundation

1-800-500-9976 /

Grants up to $250 for expenses such as transportation, temporary housing, child care and home care, and cosmetic and medical devices.

National Brain Tumor Foundation

1-800-934-2873 /

Grants up to $1,000 for treatment-related expenses for patients with primary or metastatic brain tumors.

National Organization for Rare Disorders

1-800-999-6673 /

Assists uninsured or underinsured patients with copay help for certain medications to treat advanced renal cell carcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuira (PNH).

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

1-888-477-2669 toll-free /

Access to more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies and hundreds of public and private programs.

Patient Access Network Foundation

1-866-316-7263 toll-free /

Assists patients with various cancers who cannot access treatments because of out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and copays.

Patient Advocate Foundation

1-800-532-5274 /

Provides mediation and arbitration assistance for patients facing obstacles in health care such as medical debt, care access and employment issues.

1-866-512-3861 toll-free /

Copayment assistance for pharmaceuticals to qualifying insured patients (including Medicare Part D beneficiaries) with various cancers.

Patient Services Incorporated

1-800-366-7741 /

Assists patients with certain cancers in locating health insurance policies and/or provides premium and copay insurance for some already with insurance.

Sarcoma Alliance

415-381-7286 /

Grants up to $350 for medical and other expenses directly related to second opinions from a sarcoma specialist.

Sid Kirchheimer writes about health and consumer issues.

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