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
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
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
At Mile Square South Shore: 7037 S. Stony Island Ave
At UI Health: 801 Paulina Ave
Ophthalmology Clinic: 30 N Michigan Ave Suite 410
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