We can help with costs such as:
- Transportation to and from cancer treatment
- Home care
- Child care
- Pain medication
- Lymphedema supplies (breast cancer only)
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
States and DC
Alaska Hawaii * Note, these amounts are 250% of the 2012 Federal Poverty Level as defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. 1 $27,925 $34,925 $32,150 2 $37,825 $47,300 $43,525 3 $47,725 $59,675 $54,900 4 $57,625 $72,050 $66,275 5 $67,525 $84,425 $77,650 6 $77,425 $96,800 $89,025 7 $87,325 $109,175 $100,400 8 $97,225 $121,550 $111,775 For each additional person, add: $3,960 $4,950 $4,550
Important update: We are only able to accept requests for assistance for men with cancer who meet one of the following criteria:
- Men diagnosed with multiple myeloma (through our Door-to-Door program)
- Men who live in New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island)
- Men residing in San Diego and Imperial counties in California
Please note, we have no geographic restrictions on our assistance to women.
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, also view application in Spanish)
- 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 the specific limited grants we offer.