Finding Financial Resources
Finances can be a very big problem for people going through cancer or trying to recover and rebuild their lives. Income is often reduced during treatment, and some people lose their jobs and are unable to later find new ones with similar salaries. There are always additional expenses related to cancer treatment: co-pays, medications, gas and parking, perhaps more childcare or household help. All in all, it can become a perfect storm of need.
If you are worried about this, a good first step is to ask to speak with someone from the oncology social work group at your hospital. At BIDMC. we have a wonderful Community Resource Specialist who is very helpful with these problems.
I am also giving you a link here to Cancer Care's (www.cancercare.org/) excellent national list of financial resources. Check it out.
A Helping Hand for Finding Financial Resources
CancerCare has just made it easier for people with cancer to find the assistance they need.
A Helping Hand is a searchable, online database of financial and practical assistance available for people with cancer.
This comprehensive online tool features up-to-date contact information and descriptions for hundreds of national and regional organizations offering financial help to people with cancer. You can search by diagnosis, zip code and type of assistance.