While this site cannot help those in financial need, there are a number of organizations in the United States and throughout the world to help those who cannot afford all aspects of treatment. Aid is often for specific needs: transportation costs, drug costs, etc. Some aid is directed to specific groups of patients such as children.
Some companies provide their chemotherapy drugs at reduced or no cost for people with a proven need.
- Companies with known programs are listed under each drug in the drug section.
Some aid programs are specifically for children.
- The National Children's Cancer Society (N.C.C.S.) provides direct financial assistance and emotional support to children with cancer and their families nationwide. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and to reduce the risk of cancer by promoting children's health through financial and in-kind assistance, advocacy, support services, education & prevention programs.
- The McDonald's Corporation operated Ronald McDonald Houses - places specifically for families away from home for treatment of children. They are located in the US and many countries.
- In the US, The American Childhood Cancer Organization helps children with cancer and their families - services that local groups commonly provide include meetings, speakers, parent-to-parent visitation, summer camps, transportation, emergency funding, and publications.
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is the world's premier center for research and treatment of potentially fatal childhood diseases, including cancer. Patients are accepted for treatment at St. Jude Hospital based on their eligibility for treatment protocols. No children are turned away because of their parents' inability to pay. ALSAC (American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities) covers all costs of treatment and supportive care beyond those reimbursed by third party insurers, if any.
Patient Aid Programs
Patient aid programs are funded by cancer groups to help people who qualify pay for small items such as transportation costs to cancer centers. Each program has their own guidelines so read carefully.
- The The Lymphoma Research Foundation is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and providing people with lymphoma and healthcare professionals with up-to-date information about this type of cancer. LRF's mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (formerly The Leukemia Society) has a Patient Financial Aid program for limited assistance to those with financial need.
- Lifeline, a program of the American Cancer Society, helps to provide transportation to treatment for cancer patients.
- Corporate Angel Network helps cancer patients travel to distant health centers for care regardless of financial status.
- Mercy Medical Airlift helps cancer patients travel to distant health centers for care.
- Air Care Alliance helps patients travel to distant health centers for care. ACA volunteers fly only when financial need or other special circumstances mean a compelling human need would go unfulfilled.
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