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In this fact sheet, you will find several lists of financial assistance resources available to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Please see the qualifications and eligibility guidelines for what each organization requires.

Government Assistance

Federal and state programs can provide benefits to both individuals and their families.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Information on public assistance and food stamps.

U.S. Administration on Aging

Benefits for older adults. Eldercare Locator finds resources in your community.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Social Security Administration


Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs

Drug companies sometimes offer services that can help, including help with insurance repayments or discounted medicine. Contact the company that makes your prescription medication more more.

Organizations that can also help with drug-related costs include:

Medicine Assistance Tool

Needy Meds


Community and General Organizations

To find local resources, check to see if there is a 211 information and referral service ( in your area.

United Way

Catholic Charities


Salvation Army


Nonprofit Programs for Co-Pay Relief

Some nonprofit organizations can help with drug copayments and deductibles. Each program has their own eligibility guidelines and may only cover certain types of cancer.

CancerCare® Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

866-55-COPAY (26729)

Good Days


HealthWell Foundation


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Co-Pay Assistance Program


National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)


Patient Access Network Foundation


Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program


General Cancer Organizations


800-813-HOPE (4673)

American Cancer Society


Be the Match (National Marrow Donor Program)


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


Lymphoma Research Foundation


Patient Advocate Foundation’s Colorectal CareLine


Sarcoma Alliance


CancerCare’s Online Helping Hand

CancerCare’s Online Helping Hand at is a searchable, online database of financial and practical assistance available for people affected by cancer. This comprehensive online tool features up-to-date contact information and descriptions for hundreds of national and regional organizations offering financial help to people with cancer. You can search by diagnosis, zip code and type of assistance.

Edited by Julia Manna, LMSW

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This fact sheet is supported by the Anna Fuller Fund, Bristol Myers Squibb and a grant from Genentech.

Last updated Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The information presented in this publication is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are aware of your specific situation. We encourage you to take information and questions back to your individual health care provider as a way of creating a dialogue and partnership about your cancer and your treatment.

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