For many people undergoing treatment for breast cancer, paying for care can be a major cause of stress. Every treatment, doctor’s appointment, hospital stay, and procedure adds up, even if you have good health insurance coverage — and if you don’t have insurance, or your insurance doesn’t cover much, paying medical and everyday bills can sometimes seem impossible.
Being in treatment can mean it’s hard to cover the cost of:
- Medical bills, including copays and out-of-pocket costs
- Medical supplies
- Rent or mortgage
- Groceries or other necessities
The Living Beyond Breast Cancer Fund
The Living Beyond Breast Cancer Fund provides one-time grants to help ease the financial burden of breast cancer. These grants are distributed to help people in active treatment for early-stage breast cancer or living with metastatic breast cancer pay vital expenses such as rent, utility bills, car payments, and car insurance. Grant amounts range from $500 - $1,000 depending on need.
In order to best serve the national breast cancer community, Living Beyond Breast Cancer Fund grants are awarded to people in the greatest need of financial support — those in active treatment for early-stage breast cancer or living with metastatic breast cancer and currently experiencing financial hardship because of the cost of cancer care. If you need financial support, please visit the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Fund page and apply. A healthcare provider will also need to verify your diagnosis.
To be eligible, you:
- Must be in active treatment for early-stage breast cancer or living with metastatic breast cancer
- Must be experiencing financial need due to the cost of cancer care
- Must live in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
My family and I are very grateful for LBBC's grant program. A cancer diagnosis is stressful as-is. No one should also have to be concerned with not meeting their basic needs due to financial insecurity during treatment. The grant has allowed us to focus on the most important tasks at hand.
To learn more about the grant, visit the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Fund page.
To learn how you can support the fund to provide grants to others who need it, see our page on Supporting the Fund.
Who to contact for financial assistance
If you need financial support, your cancer center likely has a number of people available to help you find programs and services. People who can help are:
- Doctors and nurses on your care team
- Social workers and nurse navigators at your cancer center
- Hospital discharge planners
- Patient services offices at your cancer center or hospital
- Financial assistance offices as your hospital
Outside of your cancer center or hospital, you can speak with:
- Financial planners
- State insurance agencies
- Your health insurance company
- Government assistance offices
Organizations offering grants and other financial assistance
We can provide financial assistance for everyday necessities such as rent and utilities, but the financial burden of breast cancer goes beyond these basic needs. Below is a list of other organizations that offer additional financial assistance for people with cancer.
American Breast Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Assistance Program
The ABCF National Breast Cancer Assistance Program helps uninsured or underinsured people gain access to diagnostic tests and screenings, regardless of age, race, or gender.
Bringing Hope Home
Bringing Hope Home gives financial and emotional support to families facing cancer. Through its Light of Hope Family Grant Program, the organization offers a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families affected by cancer in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
(800) 813-4673 (800-813-HOPE)
CancerCare offers counseling, case management, financial assistance, support groups, educational programs, and publications for anyone living with cancer. Oncology social workers and cancer experts provide CancerCare services.
Cancer Recovery Association, Women’s Cancer Fund
The Cancer Recovery Association provides financial assistance through the Women’s Cancer Fund, which offers rent and utility assistance to women diagnosed with breast, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, uterine, and other cancers. Funds are disbursed monthly based on each patient’s individual situation and availability of funds.
Family Reach Financial Treatment Program
(857) 233-2764 (Boston, MA)
(973) 394-1411 (Parsippany, NJ)
Family Reach’s Financial Treatment Program offers financial help to people diagnosed with cancer based on their individual situations. The program is open to people who are U.S. citizens in active cancer treatment or within 1 year of completing treatment.
The Forward4Tobi Foundation helps people with breast cancer and their families pay for medical, childcare, or other daily expenses. Forward4Tobi currently works with two medical centers in the United States: NorthShore University Health Systems in Evanston, IL and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.
The HealthWell Foundation provides financial help with treatment-related costs, including the cost of supplies, medicine, surgeries, and travel.
National Cancer Assistance Foundation
The National Cancer Assistance Foundation provides a Breast Cancer Assistance Fund for women diagnosed with breast cancer and in need of emotional or financial support.
(866) 316-7263 (866-316-PANF)
PAN (Patient Access Network) Foundation offers financial assistance to people who cannot afford treatment-related out-of-pocket costs. People who need assistance can complete an online application to learn more about eligibility and available funds.
Partners in Care
Partners in Care provides people within 6 months of a cancer diagnosis financial assistance for incidental expenses including temporary lodging, transportation, medical supplies, groceries, and screenings. Assistance is available for people receiving treatment in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington state, and West Virginia.
Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Program helps insured people with cancer afford their out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions and treatments. PAF pays co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles for eligible patients.
The Pink Fund
(877) 234-7465 (877-234-PINK)
The Pink Fund gives short-term financial aid to people with breast cancer who are in active treatment. The Pink Fund makes direct bill payments for health insurance premiums and non-medical bill payments such as mortgage or rent, utilities, car payments, and car insurance.
For more information and organizations, visit our Breast cancer resources and support page.
Government Assistance Programs
Another way to access financial support after a breast cancer diagnosis is through government programs. Visit our page on Work Accommodations and Disability Benefits to learn about federal and state financial assistance programs, such as:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- State Disability Insurance
You can also read about Medicare and Medicaid, two federal insurance programs, on our page on Private, State, and Federal Insurance.