Cancer advocacy organizations offer many kinds of help and support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Many of these groups focus on helping people with specific types of cancer (e.g., breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer). Some advocacy organizations operate throughout the country, with chapters in most states and many communities. Other groups focus on helping people with cancer in specific communities.
Advocacy organizations may offer a variety of programs and services to assist with the costs of cancer care. Counselors and social workers may be able to help with managing finances, understanding health insurance coverage, and offering advice about benefits and rights under the law. Some advocacy organizations may offer direct financial assistance with medical expenses or provide help with practical needs such as child care, household help, and transportation. Each organization offers different kinds of assistance and has its own eligibility rules. Funds are always limited and the amount of funding available can change. It is best to contact each organization to find out what is available.
A Note About Financial Assistance
The fact that an organization offers direct financial assistance does not guarantee that funds are always available. Patients may have to meet certain conditions to qualify for help. Organizations may also limit the assistance they provide depending on demand, the amount of funds available, or for other reasons. In the case of organizations that provide funds for specific diagnoses, covered medical conditions may change. Always check with an organization for the most up-to-date information about its programs.