Coping with a public health emergency is difficult for everyone. For those affected with cancer, it can be even harder. The pandemic has made transportation, money matters and other concerns more complicated. These resources may be able to provide you with the extra support you need.
Due to the pandemic, arranging transportation to appointments may be more difficult or more expensive. This can be true for both local and long-distance travel.
Air Charity Network
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: A Program of Mercy Medical Angels
Provides non-emergency, long distance air and ground transportation to patients in need.
Helps patients with chronic medical conditions who have limited financial means with transportation.
Financial assistance from these organizations may be available based on income, diagnosis and other eligibility factors. We cannot guarantee the availability of funding. You may be able to receive referrals from these groups if funds are closed.
Colorectal Cancer Alliance Blue Hope Financial Assistance Fund
A one-time grant may be available to help colorectal cancer patients with daily expenses during treatment. Examples include household bills, childcare, transportation costs or food.
Lymphoma Research Foundation Patient Aid Grant
Provides limited financial assistance to lymphoma patients to pay for expenses related to their treatment. This may include medical bills, transportation costs, lodging expenses and childcare costs.
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)’s COVID-19 Critical Relief Program
Helps eligible rare disease patients pay for insurance premiums, limited medical expenses and non-medical essential expenses. Applicants must be directly impacted by COVID-19 through job loss, reduced work hours or quarantine.
Patient Advocate Foundation’s COVID-19 Co-Pay Relief Program Fund
Offers co-payment assistance for patients affected by COVID-19. Their COVID Care Resource Center (patientadvocate.org/covidcare) also offers educational resources, webinars and more.
Susan G. Komen
Offers grants for breast cancer related treatment expenses.
The Assistance Fund’s COVID-19 Health Insurance Assistance Program
Provides grants to help eligible patients secure health insurance.
Losing or changing jobs during the pandemic may have affected your insurance coverage. These groups may help you learn more about your insurance options. If you have lost insurance coverage, read our fact sheet, “Coping With Cancer When You’re Uninsured.”
American Cancer Society
Offers educational resources about obtaining and understanding health insurance.
Provides free education on the practical and legal issues that arise after a cancer diagnosis, including insurance.
How CancerCare Can Help
A cancer diagnosis can turn a person’s world upside down. CancerCare can provide emotional support, referrals to practical resources, educational materials and limited financial assistance. To learn more, call 800-813-HOPE (4673) to speak with an oncology social worker. You can also visit our coronavirus landing page at cancercare.org/coronavirus.