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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 typeSocial WorkerPhone Number
Breast, Gynecologic, Brain TumorJessica Voigts, LCSW, OSWC312-996-3367
Head & Neck, Lung, GastrointestinalElizabeth Raigoza, LCSW312-996-7714
Urological, Bone, Soft Tissue, Renal, Pancreatic, GastrointestinalJason Tuite, LCSW, CADC312-996-9544
Blood and Lymph, Stem Cell TransplantAna Gordon, LCSW, OSWC312-355-0537

Wellness House

Every week the UI Health Cancer Center has partnered with Wellness House to provide programs and classes to help meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their families.

Programs offered at UI Health include:

  • Information & Education — Providing helpful information while dealing with cancer, from updates on the latest treatments and help with insurance, to learning how to manage side effects.
  • Exercise & Nutrition — Classes for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise sessions, and activities that help calm the body and mind.
  • Stress Management — Classes and groups that help to lessen the stress caused by cancer, including meditation and self-expression through art and music.
  • Child & Family Programs — Family programs help children and families learn about cancer and how to express their feelings in a safe and welcoming place.
  • Support Groups & Counseling — Weekly and monthly groups offer a chance to share stories and experiences with others affected by cancer.

Choose the program that is right for you!

All Wellness House programs are FREE and for those affected by cancer. (All classes taught in English except the Mat Yoga class on Wednesdays in Spanish.)

For more information or to register for programs visit

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

Dental Clinics
At Mile Square South Shore: 7037 S. Stony Island Ave
At UI Health: 801 Paulina Ave

Ophthalmology Clinic: 30 N Michigan Ave Suite 410

To Schedule an Appointment with a UI Mental Health Expert:

To Schedule a Colonoscopy:

To Sign up for the Patient Portal

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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