Young adults coping with cancer face challenges that are different than people of other age groups.
A cancer diagnosis is most often unexpected. That is especially true for young adults in their 20’s or 30’s. At this age, it’s normal to feel invincible, and to believe that serious illnesses like cancer can happen only to older people. While it is rare, each year cancer is diagnosed in more than 70,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15-39).
Young adulthood is a time when most people are focused on their education, career, dating, and starting a family. However, as a young adult with cancer, you may find yourself confronting different concerns, such as where to get the best medical care or how you’ll pay for treatment-related expenses.
While you may have to delay some of your goals, a cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to stop you from living your life. This booklet offers helpful advice on how to cope with many of the changes and adjustments related to your cancer, and places you can turn to for support.
A cancer diagnosis can magnify any financial burdens you are already facing. Fortunately, there are many financial assistance programs that help young adults affected by cancer. Talk to your health care team about your financial needs and referrals to resources.
Financial help for young adults with cancer exists in the forms of:
• Insurance reimbursement
• Co-payment relief
• Discounted or free medications
• Grants to cover practical costs such as child care and transportation to and from treatment
• Educational grants and scholarships
The I’m Too Young for This! Cancer Foundation has a resource listing of financial assistance grants and scholarships for young adults. Visit www.stupidcancer.com, to learn more.
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition has a searchable online database of national and regional organizations that provide financial assistance and other services for people with cancer.
Visit CancerCare’s website www.cancercare.org and read our fact sheet “Sources of Financial Assistance” to learn more about finding financial resources.