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Financial Assistance

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a consortium of organizations aimed to help cancer patients manage the financial challenges that they may face with a cancer diagnosis.


Patient Advocacy/Support organizations, such as Sarcoma Alliance offer financial assistance/ reimbursement for certain expenses connected to second opinion medical appointments, up to $500 upon meeting eligibility requirements. Advocacy support organizations may offer various program and services to assist with cancer care expenses. Organizations offer different types of assistance with their own eligibility/regulatory parameters. Additionally, there is no guarantee that funds would always be available.  Funds are limited and the amount of funding varies, therefore, each should be contacted for specific information.


Sources of Financial Assistance:

  •  Government Programs –  Check into a government program to see if you may qualify. State government programs may be able to assist with medical and living expenses if eligibility requirements are met.
  • Co-Pay relief Programs –  many voluntary organizations offer some financial relief to cancer patients who cannot afford insurance coverage, co-pays, or deductibles, and other associated out of pocket costs. Again, funding may be limited, but find out what may be available.
  • Public and Nonprofit Hospitals –  contact a social worker at a local health dept. for more information.
  • Patient Assistant Programs –  (from pharmaceutical companies that have patient assistant programs for insurance reimbursement; referrals to co-pay relief programs; medication cost reduction offers) if eligibility requirements are met.
  •  Voluntary Organizations –  Voluntary organizations may offer assistance with child care, transportation,  home maintenance needs.  Different organizations have different types and levels of assistance with eligibility/regulatory parameters.
  •  Personal Financial Planning – Getting advice from a financial planner maybe a valuable appointment.  An accountant can help guide you on income taxes, where qualifications for tax credits can be evaluated to reduce your taxes, especially if you have a significant amount of out of pocket medical expenses –  medical deductions may apply.  There are free or low-cost financial planning seminars as well, usually sponsored by investment management companies or even AARP.
  •  Health Insurance –  Your own health insurance benefit entitlements need to be carefully reviewed to best understand your policy’s coverage components. Talking to your insurance company through an assigned case manager will offer a more personalized way of providing individual assistance in answer questions.
  •  Finding help in your community through local organizations, advocacy organizations, as well as reading Cancer.net’s new patient guide to financial help: “Managing the Cost of Cancer Care, published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

CFAC Coalition Organizations that would pertain to Sarcoma patients are:


  1.  Sarcoma Alliance
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. CancerCARE
  4. CancerCARE Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
  5. HealthWell Foundation
  6. The Max Foundation
  7. National Organization for Rare Diseases
  8. National Marrow Donor Program
  9. Patient Access Network Foundation
  10. Patient Services Incorporated

(Note:  The other organizatons  are Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies and Research Foundation)


Go to:  http://www.cancerfac.org/reading/community.php for more information.  This is just to let you know what may be possible to help patients …

Annie Achee, 
www.nlsmf.orgsarcoma alliance.org