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.
Who is my Social Worker? This Depends on Your Diagnosis:
Breast, Gynecologic, Brain Tumor
Jessica Voigts, LCSW, OSWC
Head & Neck, Lung, Gastrointestinal
Elizabeth Raigoza, LCSW
Urological, Bone, Soft Tissue, Renal, Pancreatic, Gastrointestinal
Jason Tuite, LCSW, CADC
Blood and Lymph, Stem Cell Transplant
Ana Gordon, LCSW, OSWC
Financial Resources for Medical-only Expenses
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
Financial Resources for Daily Living Expenses Impacted by Cancer Treatment
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.