Breast Cancer Treatment Costs a Fortune, but These Programs Can Help

If you don't have health insurance or insurance that covers the cost of all of your medical bills, there are financial resources out there to help you

Getting the right treatment when you have breast cancer can be costly. If you don't have health insurance, or if you don't have insurance that covers the cost of all of your medical bills, there are financial resources out there to help you while you're undergoing the treatment, be it for medication or transportation.

Road to Recovery

The American Cancer Society provides free rides to treatment and doctor appointments. Get more information on Road to Recovery in your area.

Hope Lodge

The American Cancer Society provides free lodging at their 31 Hope Lodges nationwide and in Puerto Rico for patients whose best treatment options are far from home. Find a Hope Lodge in your area.

CancerCare's Financial Assistance

The nonprofit provides some financial assistance to those affected by cancer, including breast cancer, through various programs for transportation, home care, child care, medication and medical equipment. Click here for a list of current funding available and eligibility criteria.

Patient Advocate Foundation/Komen Treatment Assistance Program Financial Aid Fund

This Patient Advocate Foundation helps people with all kinds of cancer, but they offer a one-time $300 grant to patients diagnosed with breast cancer, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Funds can be used to cover treatment-related expenses, including transportation costs, lymphedema care and supplies, durable medical equipment, prosthesis or wigs, as well as child care and/or elder care. Call (855) 824-7941 to see if you meet the program's qualifications.

Co-Pay Relief Program

Run by a division in the Patient Advocate Foundation, the program offers copay assistance (for prescriptions and treatments) for insured applicants who meet eligibility guidelines to help pay. Breast cancer is among the current diseases supported by the program. Call (866) 512-3861 or visit the Patient Advocate Foundation.

The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation

The foundation offers financial assistance to breast cancer patients under 30 for medical-related expenses only. Visit the foundation to apply for assistance.

The Help Now Fund

This program from The Breast Cancer Charities of America provides one-time emergency financial assistance for rent and utility bills. Get details on how to apply.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

This coalition of organizations maintains an up-to-date database of groups that provide financial help on the regional and national level. Find organizations in your area that can help.

The National Financial Resource Directory

Patient Advocate Foundation's financially-focused online tool provides resources for a broad range of needs related to breast cancer, including housing, utilities, food, transportation, home health care, medical devices and medication. Click here to use the tool.

The Komen Helpline

Social workers trained to run a dedicated breast cancer call center can help identify local resources and organizations that provide financial assistance and other support services. Call 1-877-GO KOMEN

The National Cancer Information Center

American Cancer Society specialists are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays, to answer questions about your specific needs, including financial assistance. Call 800-227-2345

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