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The Resource Guide for People With Cancer

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

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Acknowledgements This activity is supported by a contribution from Lilly; a grant from Genentech; an educational donation provided by Amgen; and Mark Krueger & Associates, Inc. CancerCare would also like to acknowledge the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) for its collaborative efforts in sharing resources and educating patients and providers about financial issues. © 2017 CancerCare®

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Introduction 5 Taking Control of Your Finances

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Sources of Financial Assistance

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Finding Help in Your Community

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Getting Help from Advocacy Organizations

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A Guide to the “Helping Hand” Categories

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National Financial Assistance Organizations

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Regional Financial Assistance Organizations

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Indices 231

Index of National Organizations By Cancer Type

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Index of National Organizations By Service Type

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Index of National Organizations by Info/Education

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Index of National Organizations by Special Populations

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[1] introduction

Cancer is an expensive illness. The different kinds of costs faced by people with cancer include: Direct medical costs Doctors’ fees, hospital charges and medication costs may or may not be covered, even if you have health insurance. For example, many people find that their insurance provides only limited coverage for prescription drugs. For people without insurance, the direct medical costs of cancer can be a serious obstacle to obtaining care. Related non-medical costs These may include the cost of transportation to and from treatment, over-the-counter medications, child care, home care and medical devices or supplies. These costs are usually not covered by health insurance and must be paid out of pocket. Daily living expenses Costs for food, housing, utilities and so on may suddenly be more difficult to pay if a person with cancer or a caregiver needs to stop working. This Financial Edition of “A Helping Hand: The Resource Guide for People With Cancer” was created to help people with cancer, and their loved ones, cope with the costs of cancer. This booklet can guide you in understanding your options, knowing your rights and knowing who to ask for help. It will introduce you to the issues you need to consider and suggest resources that may be able to provide more in-depth advice.

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[2] taking control of your finances

This comprehensive booklet includes national and regional organizations that offer various