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

  • Women with all diagnoses
  • Children with all diagnoses
  • Men and women with pancreatic cancer
  • Men and women with multiple myeloma (transportation only)
  • Men and women with all diagnoses residing in San Diego and Imperial counties, CA.
  • Men, women and children with all diagnoses in New York City

Pain and anti-nausea medication, oral hormonal medication, lymphedema support and durable medical equipment

  • Women and men with breast cancer

Eligibility

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 of 250% of the Federal Poverty Limit (view chart)
    CancerCare Financial Assistance Income Limits*
    Persons in Family
    or Household
    48 Contiguous
    States and DC
    Alaska Hawaii
    * Note, these amounts are 250% of the 2013 Federal Poverty Level as defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
    1 $28,725 $35,875 $33,075
    2 $38,775 $48,450 $44,625
    3 $48,825 $61,025 $56,175
    4 $58,875 $73,600 $67,725
    5 $68,925 $86,175 $79,275
    6 $78,975 $98,750 $90,825
    7 $89,025 $111,325 $102,375
    8 $99,075 $123,900 $113,925
    For each additional person, add: $4,020 $5,030 $4,620

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 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (ET) Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (ET) on Friday.

2. If you are eligible to apply, we will:

  • mail you an individualized bar coded application (view sample application including instructions)
  • request documentation to verify your income (view acceptable proof of income documents)
    Acceptable proof of income
    • The first two pages of signed income tax return (you may blacken out your social security number)
    • If you do not file a tax return, you may submit a copy of your most recent pay stub, unemployment check, or SSI, SSD, or public assistance benefit notification
    • If you do not have any income, provide a letter of support from friend or family member

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.

Learn more about our assistance programs


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