Cancer Survivors Say Costs Keep Them From Care by Alan Mozes

Insured or not, patients forego medical needs twice as often as others, The National Coalition on Health Care study finds. Unmanageable health-care costs are forcing millions of insured and uninsured cancer survivors in the United States to go without the medical attention they need, a new analysis reveals. What is […]

Medical Debt: An Unspoken Side Effect of Cancer Care by Katy Human

For many patients, “financial toxicity” is an unwelcome side effect of cancer care. Veena Shankaran, MD, was stunned when she read the email from a clinic social worker. A patient of Shankaran’s, an older man with stage 3 colon cancer, had recently filed for bankruptcy. Shankaran had just seen him. There […]

After Treatment Ends: For the Adult Survivor

Today, more people are living with and beyond cancer. Nearly one in two men and one in three women will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Each year in the United States alone, 1.4 million people are diagnosed with cancer. The good news is that more people are […]

A Safety Net for Everyone: Medicare for Anyone with a Medical Catastrophe & Under Age 65

Recently, a great blog run by a cancer pal called Help Keep A Sister Alive (what’s not to love about that name?) asked me to write a guest post on Medicare basics. Now they know I am no expert but they also know peer to peer sharing of the […]

CancerCare Co-Pay Assistance

Need help paying co-payments for chemotherapy and cancer medications? The CancerCare®Co-Payment Assistance Foundation (CCAF) is a non-profit organization that helps people afford insurance co-payments for chemotherapy cancer medications. Don’t let the cost of your prescription co-payments keep you from getting the treatment you need. Visit to learn more about: covered diagnoses […]

Pricing a Year of Life by Susan Gubar

The New York Times May 5, 2016  A radio producer investigating cancer costs once asked me, “What is another year of your life worth?” During my flummoxed silence, she informed me that experts mention the figure $50,000. Can patients like me — older people with recurrent disease — estimate the […]

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay […]

Financial Assistance by CancerCare

CancerCare® provides limited financial assistance to people affected by cancer. As a nonprofit organization, funding depends on the sources of support we receive at any given time. If we do not currently have funding to assist you, our professional oncology social workers will always work to refer you to other financial […]