Finding reliable and vetted sources for financial assistance is both challenging and frustrating, with fragmented resources and links across literally hundreds and hundreds of sites. Quality control problems are common, with often outdated resources and/or contact information, and with considerable overlap that may easily discourage patients and their carers.
To address this problem, we have honed our listings solely to those that are
- comprehensive (50+ resources or more),
- demonstrably up-to-date (2017 or later),
- highly categorized (at minimum, by type of assistance),
- authoritative (from sources respected by oncology professionals and cancer organizations).
Resources meeting these criteria are listed below, and we have cross-confirmed that almost any significant source of financial assistance is findable through these resources, thus avoiding dealing with the fragmentation problem that afflicts most listings, and providing as closely as is possible in this arena, a "One-Stop Shopping" guide for cancer patients and their carers.
This is the single most comprehensive guide to organizations and resources for financial assistance for cancer patients and their carers, including national and regional and/or State-by-State organizations with full description of the type of aid available and direct contact information. The current A Helping Hand 2017 Edition is 127 pages, downloadable as a PDF:
In addition, an online edition is provided, searchable by diagnosis (cancer type), geographical location, and type of assistance:
with a parallel resource from the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC):
See also their online Fact Sheet on Sources of Financial Assistance:
Finally, CancerCare.org itself provides a Financial Assistance Program, for limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs such as transportation and child care, and they provide skilled oncology social workers (800-813-HOPE (4673)) to assist patients in finding resources:
Triage Cancer / The Samfund: A Toolkit for Navigating Finances After Cancer
This easily searchable online toolkit allows searching for financial assistance resources under categories (General Living Expenses, Transportation, Prescription Drugs, Health Insurance, etc.), at:
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF): National Financial Resource Directory
State-by-State database, searchable by location, age and type of assistance:
Director, Medical Research, No Surrender Breast Cancer Foundation (NSBCF)
Oncology Reviewer, Current Oncology
Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO)
Member, European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)
Member, International CardiOncology Society, North America (ICOSNA)