CancerCare® provides limited financial assistance to people affected by cancer. As a nonprofit organization, funding depends on the sources of support we receive at any given time. If we do not currently have funding to assist you, our professional oncology social workers will always work to refer you to other financial assistance resources. Please check our website periodically for funding updates.
Funding is currently available for:
Transportation, home care and child care
- Women with lung cancer
- Men with lung cancer in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and San Diego and Imperial counties in California
In order to be eligible for financial assistance you must:
- have a diagnosis of cancer confirmed by an oncology health care provider
- be in active treatment for your cancer
- live in the U.S. or Puerto Rico
- meet our eligibility guidelines of 250% of the Federal Poverty Limit (view chart)
Steps for Applying
- Call 800‑813‑HOPE (4673) and speak with a CancerCare social worker to complete a brief interview. We can be reached from 9 a.m –7 p.m. (ET) Monday, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (ET) Tuesday through Friday.
- If you are eligible to apply, we will:
- mail you an individualized bar coded application (view sample application including instructions)
- request documentation to verify your income
- You must submit a completed application. Please:
- print clearly—illegible applications cannot be processed
- fill in each blank space in the application. Use “no”, “none”, or “0” as appropriate—do not leave any blank responses
- have a medical oncology health care provider complete all sections of the Medical Information Section and provide a signature and date. You cannot complete this section.
- make sure you use the correct CancerCare mailing address and fax number listed on the application
Please note: CancerCare’s financial assistance does not cover basic living expenses such as rent, mortgages, utility payments, or food.
- CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
- Our foundation helps people with health insurance who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating specific cancer diagnoses.
- Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC)
- CFAC is a group of organizations that help cancer patients and their loved ones manage the financial challenges of cancer. CFAC maintains an up-to-date database of organizations that provide financial help.
- Cancer.net’s Patient Guide, “Managing the Cost of Cancer Care”
- This guide, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), provides helpful tips for talking with your health care team about the costs of cancer care. The guide includes resources to assist you in financial planning before, during, and after treatment.