Understanding Financial and Legal Matters

Find out about things you can do to protect yourself and your family, both legally and financially, if you have cancer. Learn about laws that protect your rights and professionals who can help you navigate the legal and financial systems.

Advanced Directives

An advance health care directive is a kind of legal document that tells your doctor your wishes about your health care. Here we review general information about different advance health care directives, like health care power of attorney, living wills, do-not-resuscitate, and other agreements like these.

Informed Consent

Learn about informed consent, a process you go through before getting a cancer test or treatment to ensure you understand its purpose, benefits, and risks, as well as your other possible options.

The Patient's Bill of Rights

Here you will find a summary of the Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities that was adopted by the US Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry in 1998, also known as the Patient's Bill of Rights.

Family and Medical Leave Act

Find out about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a law that allows employees to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It can provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year.

Working During and After Treatment

Whether you're planning on continuing to work during cancer treatment or returning to work once treatment is completed, information in this section can help you know what to expect.

Americans With Disabilities Act

Get information about the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which gives civil rights protections to people with disabilities.

Taking Charge of Money Matters

This series of booklets (in PDF format) covers a wide range of financial topics you may need to know about throughout your cancer experience.