Tips to Talk About Cancer Costs
For many families facing cancer, financial worries about the costs of treatment are a significant source of stress, and they don't know where to turn. Asking for and accepting help can be hard.
Two important questions to ask about managing the cost of cancer care are:
- What financial impact will my cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment have on my life?
- Am I able to coordinate the financial piece of my cancer care right now?
I think all of us, when we look at cancer...want closure so we can move on with our lives. The financial aspect can be the most difficult to resolve.
The first step in managing the cost of cancer treatment is to seek help.
Do you have a friend or family member who can help you? If not, ask your doctor to refer you to an oncology social worker, a financial counselor, or a nonprofit organization for help managing financial issues and cancer costs. Many people diagnosed with cancer ask someone else for help to keep up with the financial aspects of cancer care. The key is that someone must address these issues.
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Our Helpline offers free navigation for cancer patients or their loved ones, including financial navigation regarding the costs of cancer care.
Our toll-free Cancer Support Helpline is for anyone affected by cancer. Our navigators are available and ready to assist you, whether you are looking for cancer resources and information or someone to talk to about the emotional and social worries that cancer can sometimes bring into our lives.
Our Helpline offers:
- Connections to local or national resources, including support groups, housing, transportation services, and other programs
- Referrals to financial, clinical trials, genetics/genomics, and pediatric oncology resources
- Advice on talking to children, family, and healthcare providers
- Supportive counseling in over 200 languages
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