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

  • Men and women​ with lung cancer in New York City
  • Men with lung cancer in New Jersey and Connecticut


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 based on the Federal Poverty Limit

Steps for Applying

  1. Call 800‑813‑HOPE (4673) and speak with a CancerCare social worker to complete a brief interview. We can be reached from 10 a.m –6 p.m. (ET) Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (ET) on Friday.
  2. If you are eligible to apply, we will:
    • mail you an individualized bar coded application
    • request documentation to verify your income
  3. 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.

Additional Resources

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.
CancerCare’s booklet Managing the Cost of Cancer
This booklet provides helpful tips for talking with your health care team about the costs of cancer care and includes resources to assist you in financial planning before, during and after treatment.
A Helping Hand Searchable Resource Database
A comprehensive online tool featuring the most up-to-date contact information and descriptions for hundreds of national and regional organizations offering financial and practical help to people with cancer.