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Cancer Care: Money-saving Moves To Consider

Author : Andrea Ramirez

A cancer diagnosis can be financially devastating. Here’s a valid example of the growing costs cancer
patients face: According to the National Cancer Institute, a brain cancer diagnosis will cost more than
$100,000 during the first year on average for individuals ages 65+. Each year of treatment thereafter
costs an average of $8,803. And while health insurance may cover most of the costs outside of the
patient’s health insurance deductible and co-pay, many cancer patients miss work or have to stop
working altogether.

So, what’s a cancer patient to do? While the financial outlook may be grim for those seeking cancer
treatment, there is hope. If you or someone you know is facing cancer, there are several steps you can
take to save money while you continue fighting.

One thing you can do is reach out to organizations that offer help in the form of discounts or cash
assistance – there are plenty of them. By contacting these resources and seeing if you qualify, you may
get the help you need to beat cancer – once and for all. Here are some of them:

Air Care Alliance
o Available for: Individuals who must travel to receive life-saving medical care
o Type of Help Offered: Transportation assistance for emergency situations

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation
o Available for: Single parent families with a cancer case
o Type of Help Offered: Financial assistance to help with rent, living expenses, and more

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
o Available for: Young adult cancer patients pursuing higher education during or after
o Type of Help Offered: Scholarships to pay for higher education and related expenses

The Bone Marrow Foundation
o Available for: Cancer patients who are undergoing bone marrow/ stem cell transplants
o Type of Help Offered: Financial assistance for living expenses, transplant expenses, and

The SamFund
o Available for: Young adult cancer patients who are U.S. residents between the ages of
21 and 39
o Type of Help Offered: Grants between $1,500 - $2,000 to help with living expenses and
cancer treatment

Additionally, consider these tips:
1. Talk with your health care team as soon as possible.
While the type of treatment you receive shouldn’t be determined based on costs alone, it’s
crucial to discuss your financial situation with your health care team as early as you can. By
informing your providers or a financial counselor of your limited finances, you may gain access
to extra benefits or resources that can keep costs down.

2. Understand your rights under the law.
You may have specific rights under the law that can help you secure paid leave from work or
leave your job to care for a loved one with cancer. You may also be able to keep your worksponsored health insurance coverage for up to three years after you leave work via the COBRA
program. If you’re still in the workforce, make sure to speak with a social worker or other
professional who can help you understand your rights in the workplace.

3. Look for help in your local community.
While an array of national organizations offer help for cancer victims, it’s also possible to find
help in your local community. Make sure to explore your local community and its resources
starting with local cancer organizations, church organizations, and other voluntary
organizations. Local chapters of the American Cancer Society may be able to connect you with
volunteers that provide housing assistance, transportation assistance, and more. Meanwhile,
your local United Way office may be a good resource for help with food and other living

To learn more, read CouponChief’s cancer savings guide:

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Andrea Ramirez is part of the content team at CouponChief. An advocate for healthy and green living, she regularly hikes and cycles.
The article offers tips on the steps cancer patients can take to save money and ease the financial distress that comes with cancer care.

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