Q. I'm a caregiver for a family member who has multiple myeloma and we are in a bind right now. We need financial assistance.
CancerCare is just one of the many organizations that offers financial aid to cancer patients (check our Financial Assistance Program page for current available funds). As a caregiver, you can significantly help both your loved one and yourself by calling CancerCare at 800-813-4673 to apply for financial assistance. If the patient does not feel comfortable calling independently, or is unable to call independently, you can assist by calling with them or on their behalf. Most likely, as the caregiver, you will have all the information necessary to complete the financial application. We also encourage you to call no matter what type of caregiver you identify as (parent, child, spouse, friend, short distance, long distance, directly supporting or indirectly supporting). Remember to let the person whom you are speaking with know that you are a caregiver, as they may be able to connect you with other helpful resources and services geared specifically towards your own needs.
CancerCare also provides caregiver resources and a searchable Helping Hand online database to locate additional resources.