Cancer is an expensive illness. Many of the people who contact CancerCare each year cite financial need as a major source of difficulty. Some have no health insurance, some are insured but don’t have coverage for parts of their treatment such as prescription drug co-pays, and many do not have extra income to meet new costs such as child care or transportation to treatment. People with cancer and their caregivers often have to cut back on time spent at work, which means their income decreases at the same time that their bills pile up.
CancerCare Can Help
CancerCare provides limited financial assistance for treatment-related transportation 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.
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
The first step to applying for financial assistance is calling 800-813-HOPE (4673) and speaking 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.
Here are other organizations that provide transportation resources for individuals affected by cancer.
Air Charity Network
Air Charity Network serves all 50 states and provides free flights to people in need of medical treatment.
American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program
Some local chapters of the American Cancer Society may offer volunteers to drive patients to and from treatment.
Angel Wheels to Healing
Angel Wheels to Healing provides non-emergency, long distance ground transportation to financially disadvantaged patients for treatment.
Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation operates a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Their Hero Miles program uses donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of ill service members.
Good Days helps patients with chronic medical conditions who have limited financial means with transportation.
National Patient Travel Center
The National Patient Travel Center provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.
The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
The SAMFund provides support to young adults who are struggling financially due to cancer. Twice a year, the organization provides grants to survivors aged 21-39 to help with transportation-related expenses, among other financial expenses.