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Financial Concerns

Updated 07/05/2012

ALT Pink Foundation, Inc.

ALT Pink Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that focuses on raising awareness about inflammatory breast cancer and providing financial assistance and support to IBC and non-IBC breast cancer patients.

Association for Community Cancer Centers

Provides comprehensive information on reimbursement assistance programs for oncology-related services.

Avon Foundation for Women Breast Health Outreach Program

The mission of the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) is to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services.

AZ & Me

Run by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, this website offers information about the manufacturer's patient assistance programs to help people with little or no health insurance gain. Among the medicines produced by AstraZeneca are Arimidex (anastrozole), Faslodex (fulvestrant) and Zoladex (goserelin).

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund

The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund supports people ages 18-40 during cancer treatment by providing services to meet daily needs not covered by insurance. Typical grants cover $600 worth of medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, car insurance, repairs and groceries.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

CFAC is a coalition of financial assistance organizations joining forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges.

Cancer Fund of America, Inc.

Cancer Fund of America is a nonprofit organization set up to help cancer patients, hospices, and other nonprofit healthcare providers by way of sending products free of charge directly to them.


For more than 60 years, CancerCare has provided financial assistance to help with some types of costs, including transportation, homecare, childcare and pain medication. CancerCare’s social workers and case managers are well trained in financial issues and will work closely with you to get you the help you need.

  Care. Commit. Change.

CCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life for young adults affected by cancer through a scholarship program and an online support network for those affected by cancer who want to attend college.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

This government website provides information about the federal programs Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid is run by the states, and each state sets its own guidelines on eligibility and services; it is available to eligible low-income people and families. Medicare covers people age 65 or older and people under age 65 with certain disabilities.

Cleaning for A Reason

A nonprofit organization offering free professional housecleaning and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer.

Corporate Angel Network

Corporate Angel Network arranges free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment using the empty seats on corporate jets.


FamiliesCAN provides the families of cancer patients who are being treated in Santa Clara County, CA, with financial assistance and hands-on support in managing their non-medical expenses during the treatment and recovery period.

Giving Anonymously

Giving Anonymously is a nonprofit organization facilitating generosity between people. Their goal is to enable and encourage you to be your own charity, and for you to give anonymously to those around you in need.

HealthWell Foundation

The HealthWell Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization that helps individuals afford prescription medications for specific illnesses. The foundation provides financial assistance to eligible people to cover prescription medicine coinsurance, co-payments and deductibles; health insurance premiums; and other selected out-of-pocket healthcare costs.


Hill-Burton grants federal funds to hospitals for infrastructure needs. Hospitals that receive Hill-Burton funds are required by law to provide services to those who cannot afford to pay for hospitalization. Brochures are available in Spanish and English.

LifeLines of Care Patient Assistance Foundation

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation provides temporary assistance to qualifying people with a financial hardship who generally have no private prescription insurance and are not enrolled in a government health care program like Medicaid or Medicare. Medicines manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb include Ixempra (ixabepilone) and Sprycel (dasatinib).

Mercy Medical Airlift

Mercy Medical Airlift is dedicated to those in need of air medical transportation and provides charitable airline flights for cancer patients and their escorts.

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), run by the federal Centers for Disease Control, provides access to critical breast and cervical cancer screening services for underserved women in the United States.

National Patient Travel Center (NPATH)

The National Patient Travel Center provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network. is a nonprofit organization that helps people who cannot afford medicine or the costs of health care. The site offers links to patient assistance programs, government programs and other groups that help you find ways to pay for treatment.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help low income patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need at little or no cost.

Patient Access Network Foundation

An independent, nonprofit group, the Patient Access Network Foundation is dedicated to assisting those who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with treatment needs. Throughout all 50 states and three U.S. territories PANF provides trained case managers that you or your advocates may speak with about your care.

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that provides professional case management services to Americans with chronic, life-threatening and debilitating illnesses. PAF case managers serve as active liaisons for you and your insurers, employers or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and debt crisis matters as they relate to your diagnosis.

Patient Services Inc. (PSI)

PSI is committed to assisting persons with chronic medical illnesses in accessing health insurance and pharmacy co-payment assistance.

Pfizer Helpful Answers

This website from Pfizer lists the pharmaceutical company's patient assistance programs for people who do not have health insurance or prescription coverage. Medicines manufactured by Pfizer include Aromasin (exemestane), Ellence (epirubicin) and Sutent (sunitinib).

Sensational in Survival

SISSM is committed to improving the quality of life of those treated for breast cancer. We do this by providing financial assistance, essential services and quality of life enhancements during treatment to those in need.

The First Mile Foundation

The First Mile Foundation was established in the fall of 2003 in honor of the many people affected by cancer each year. The goal of the Foundation is to provide financial support to families and individuals in order to alleviate the added everyday stresses associated with cancer. We seek to be an educational resource and provide medical research to help people lower their risk of cancer.

The SAMFund

The SAMFund is a unique non-profit organization created to assist young adult affected by cancer with a successful transition into their post-treatment life, by providing financial support through the distribution of grants and scholarships.