CancerCare provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer and their loved ones, caregivers, the bereaved; and health care professionals. CancerCare provides limited financial assistance to people affected by cancer. As a nonprofit organization, funding depends on the sources of support they receive at any given time. If they do not currently have funding to assist, professional oncology social workers will always work to refer patient to other financial assistance resources. Please check website periodically for funding updates.
• Counseling: Counseling for cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones is available over the telephone no matter where you live in the US or in person.
• Support Groups: Connect with others online, telephone or face to face support groups for cancer patients, loved ones and people who have lost a loved one, led by oncology social workers.
• CONNECT booklets, fact sheets and other publications, most of which may be downloaded from the Web site (Spanish materials available, as well)
• CONNECT Education Workshops: Led by leading experts in oncology who provide the most up-to-date information through live, one hour presentations over the telephone. Participants dial in to listen and can ask their own questions during a question and answer period. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register, learn about upcoming workshops and download past workshops on the website.
• Transportation, Home Care and Child Care (Funding depends on the sources of support they receive at any given time.): Available for: Women with all diagnoses. Children with all diagnoses, Men and women with pancreatic cancer. Men and women with multiple myeloma (transportation only). Men and women with all diagnoses residing in San Diego and Imperial counties, CA. Men, women and children with all diagnoses in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties in NY, NJ and CT. Women and men with breast cancer.
• Door to Door Program: Provides grants to help multiple myeloma patient in active treatment with transportation costs such as gasoline, parking and tolls, and taxi, bus or train fare to and from their medical care.
• AVONCares: Limited financial assistance for breast cancer patients to help with home care, child care and transportation costs. A program in partnership with the Avon Foundation for Women.
• CancerCare Get You There: Financial help for transportation costs for women coping with metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer.
• Linking A.R.M.S.: Limited financial assistance for breast cancer patients for hormonal and oral chemotherapy, pain and anti-nausea medication, child care, transportation, lymphedema care, and durable medical equipment. A program in partnership with Susan G. Komen.
• Co-pay Assistance: For qualified, insured patients with gastric (stomach) cancer, glioblastoma (brain), and pancreatic cancer. (Covered diagnoses can change) The program covers medications directly related to cancer treatment, including both intravenous and oral chemotherapy drugs; it does not cover radiation or supportive therapies.
Services for Children: Designed especially for children with a parent, sibling or family member who has cancer. Oncology social workers offer practical support, education, and counseling to parents, and to children to help them understand the disease. Limited financial grants to cover cancer-related costs of childhood cancer (transportation, childcare, etc) may be available for eligible applicants.
• LUNGCANCER.ORG: A source of support and information for lung cancer patients and their loved ones. http://www.lungcancer.org
• Help For Cancer Caregivers: A tool that provides personalized information to help monitor, track and manage the challenges caregivers face. http://www.helpforcancercaregivers.org
• My Cancer Circle: Free private support community for caregivers http://www.mycancercircle.lotsahelpinghands.com
• Pillow Talk: Care package to help families better communicate with each other and feel more comfortable talking about cancer. Includes: CancerCare Fact Sheets - information and tips on how to talk about cancer, Comfort Pillow Activity - hands on activity and Comfort Pillow Booklet - about customizing/designing the pillow. To order a Pillow Talk Care package call (212-712-8348) or use the online order form on (http://www.cancercare.org).