Many caregivers feel overwhelmed by how expensive cancer treatment can be. You are not alone. Some families go from a two-income household to a one-income household while others may lose their main source of income entirely. Even if your insurance covers all of the treatment costs there are still travel costs and other expenses to consider. The following resources will answer questions about money issues that might occur during the course of your loved one’s treatment and afterward.

National Financial Resource Directory
Patient Advocate Foundation
Find financial aid resources by searching the patient’s age, state of residence, and medical diagnosis.

Cancer and Careers Organization
Answers questions dealing with financial and legal issues pertaining to work and includes rights for patients and caregivers under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), This website includes Disability Benefits and the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it relates to cancer care. If you are caring for your spouse, you will want to be aware of how the Family Medical Leave Act applies to spouses and children of cancer patients. Policies on patient rights to privacy and returning to work are also provided.

Disability Benefits
Social Security Administration
Learn what benefits your loved one may be entitled to through this government program.

Managing the Practical Concerns of Your Loved One’s Diagnosis
CancerCare
Practical steps you can take once your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer to help you stay organized while managing paperwork, bills, etc.

Financial Planning
Caregiver Action Network
Includes financial checklists, worksheets, and a calculator.

Ten Tips to Manage Finances
Patient Resource Publishing
Helpful ideas on managing your finances and includes a sample budget worksheet.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coliation
Patient Resource Publishing
Advocacy organization focused on helping cancer patients and their families with financial matters.

 

Financial Help at the N.C. Cancer Hospital:

If your loved one doesn’t have insurance or if you have concerns about paying medical bills the hospital can help by assisting with housing issues and applying for Charity Care if you are eligible.

For charity care cases, fax application to 919-966-9399 and call 919-966-3425 to discuss.

 

Other websites that provide resources on financial assistance:

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

CancerCare.org Sources of Financial Assistance

Cancer.net Financial Resources

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

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