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You and/or your loved one may need financial assistance. For example, perhaps both one of you will go to a medical facility at a distant location that requires lodging. Alternatively, perhaps your loved one cannot afford the insurance deductibles. There are additional options available to help your loved one pay for his or her expenses during this time.

Help with prescription drug costs

There are programs that will provide prescription medications for free or at a reduced cost, such as the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.1Kim P. Cost of cancer care: the patient perspective. J Clin Oncol. 2007 Jan 10;25(2):228-32.

Some of the patient organizations provide financial assistance for medications, such as CancerCare.1Kim P. Cost of cancer care: the patient perspective. J Clin Oncol. 2007 Jan 10;25(2):228-32.

If your loved one needs several medications, this may help reduce financial costs.

Help with indirect financial costs

There are cancer organizations that will offer financial assistance for indirect costs, including travel, lodging and living expenses. Some of the organizations that provide financial assistance include the American Cancer Society and CancerCare.2, Ward E, Halpern M, Schrag N, et al. Association of insurance with cancer care utilization and outcomes. CA Cancer J Clin. 2008 Jan-Feb;58(1):9-31.3National Cancer Institute Website. Accessed at http://www.cancer.gov/ on February 19, 2013.

Help from individuals and local organizations

Though many people feel ashamed to ask friends, family, neighbors or members of their house of worship for financial assistance, it can sometimes make a difference. Many people want very badly to do something to help, and donating a little money to a friend to help offset the costs of a fight with cancer makes them feel good. You may be surprised at the support you receive.


References

1 Kim P. Cost of cancer care: the patient perspective. J Clin Oncol. 2007 Jan 10;25(2):228-32.

2 Ward E, Halpern M, Schrag N, et al. Association of insurance with cancer care utilization and outcomes. CA Cancer J Clin. 2008 Jan-Feb;58(1):9-31.

3 National Cancer Institute Website. Accessed at http://www.cancer.gov/ on February 19, 2013.