Patient Resources

Financial Resources

Patient resources for financial needs related to both medical and daily living expenses for cancer patients.  Examples include: medication co-pays, insurance premiums, hospital bills, Social Security Disability, transportation, food, etc. Please contact your physician and/or social worker for personalized help.

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Who is my Social Worker?  This Depends on Your Diagnosis:

Cancer type Social Worker Phone Number
Breast, Gynecologic, Brain Tumor Jessica Voigts, LCSW, OSWC 312-996-3367
Head & Neck, Lung, Gastrointestinal Elizabeth Raigoza, LCSW 312-996-7714
Urological, Bone, Soft Tissue, Renal, Pancreatic, Gastrointestinal Jason Tuite, LCSW, CADC 312-996-9544
Blood and Lymph, Stem Cell Transplant Ana Gordon, LCSW, OSWC 312-355-0537

Leukemia Lymphoma Society – Copayment assistance for patients with various blood cancer diagnoses.

Leukemia Research Foundation – Copayment Assistance for patients with various blood cancer diagnoses.

Lymphoma Research Foundation – Financial aid for patients with lymphoma or Hodgkins disease.

Sarcoma Alliance  Grants money to reimburse medical and other expenses directly related to getting a second opinion from a sarcoma specialist.

National Brain Tumor Society – Assists brain tumor patients with treatment-related expenses.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation – Helps newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients afford expenses related to consulting with a mesothelioma expert through the Mary and Bob Cosentino Travel Grant Program.

Colon Cancer Alliance – Alliance provides a helpline (877.422.2030), peer support programs, and colon cancer specific information about treatment. Patients can apply for a $200 monthly financial assistance for treatment.

Blue Hope – Financial Assistance through Colorectal Cancer Alliance – Patients can apply to receive $300 one-time financial stipend to help cove screening related expenses and a $200 stipend to cover treatment-related expenses while in treatment.

Colorectal CareLine –  866-657-8634 – provides case management and education. Assists with understanding benefit information, accessing Medicaid and/or charity care programs, networks with financial assistance programs.

LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare – Offers financial assistance to cancer survivors who are 6 months post-treatment with no evidence of disease for transportation to follow-up appointments, medical co-pays, cancer-related medications, and neuropsychological evaluation.

HealthWell Foundation – Financial assistance to cover costs of prescription drug coinsurance, copayments, deductibles, health insurance premiums and other selected out-of-pocket health care costs.

Patient Access Network Foundation – Medical financial assistance for underinsured patients. 1-866-316-726

Patient Advocate Foundation – Medical financial assistance for underinsured patients. 1-800.532.5274

Pharma Assistance Programs – Contact the manufacturer of your medication to inquire about any co-payment assistance programs. Most patients with private or commercial insurance will qualify (Medicare and Medicaid generally do not qualify).

Pfizer’s First RESOURCE 1-877-744-5675
Lilly Cares 1-800-545-6962
GSK Access 1-866-265-6491
Genentech’s Single Point of Contact 1-888-249-4918
Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation 1-800-736-0003
Amgen Reimbursement Support Services and Financial Assistance Programs 1-800-272-9376

Patient Advocate Foundation CO-PAY RELIEF

All Chicago Emergency Fund – Emergency fund for patients who need critical financial assistance in order to avoid homelessness. 312-379-0301

The Sam Fund – Financial resources and information for young adult cancer survivors.

St. Vincent DePaul – Series of thrift stores, food pantries, and financial support for food, utility, and rent.

Catholic Charities – A wide range of programs throughout Chicago, including emergency assistance, counseling, and health care.

Cancer Care – Provides counseling, support groups, educational workshops, general financial assistance, copay assistance, and community programs.

United Way of Metro Chicago – support in obtaining insurance, education, and connection to financial opportunities.

Illinois Department of Health and Human Services – Can provide SNAP or SSI benefits for groceries for those who qualify.

Social Security Administration – Can provide SSDI benefits for those who apply and qualify

Hotel Keys of Hope – Partnership between the American Cancer Society and Extended Stay America. Reduced priced hotel rooms.

ZERO360 – provides comprehensive support for men with prostate cancer. 1-844-244-1309

Pink Fund – General financial aid for breast cancer patients.

National Marrow Donor Program – General financial assistance for recipients of a MUD SCTx through Be the Match

Bone Marrow Foundation Lifeline Fund – General financial assistance for recipients of a SCTx.

BMTInfoNet Patient Assistance Fund – General financial assistance for recipients of a SCTx

The Double Hit Lymphoma Foundation – Help with travel expenses for double hit lymphoma patients

HelpHOPELive – Help with online fundraising for patients with a catastrophic illness

Give Forward – Help with online fundraising for patients with cancer and other rare illnesses

The Breast Cancer Charities – Help NOW Fund – Financial aid for breast cancer patients

Catherine H. Tuck Foundation – Financial aid for breast cancer patients

Hope for Young Adults with Cancer – Giving Hope Fund – Financial aid for all cancer patients ages 18-40

Cindy’s Legacy Charity – Gift cards to assist with expenses such as prescriptions, transportation/gas, medical supplies, and other household bills. (In 2018, only patients with Breast or Brain Cancer may qualify. Diagnosis focuses change yearly

Needy Meds – Provides information on healthcare programs offering direct Rx assistance. Also offers drug discount cards.

Rx Assist  Provides information on healthcare programs offering direct Rx assistance.

Rx Outreach – Provides information on healthcare programs offering direct Rx assistance

Good Days – financial support for covering medication and treatment for people who cannot afford medication or treatment.

Lazarex Cancer Foundation – Provides assistance with costs for FDA clinical trial participation, identification of clinical trial options, community outreach and engagement.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition – Coalition between 14 different cancer care organization. Website helps facilitate linking patients to specific needs in the area.

Non Financial Resources

To Speak to a Social Worker at UI Health – 312-996-0293

Mile Square Urgent Care has walk-in visits: 1220 S Wood Street
Mon-Fri 12 pm – 8 pm
Sat-Sun 10 am – 6 pm

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At Mile Square South Shore: 7037 S. Stony Island Ave
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Ophthalmology Clinic: 30 N Michigan Ave Suite 410

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If you would like to schedule an appointment for the C.A.R.E.S adult cancer survivorship clinic please click here

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