Managing the Cost of Cancer Treatment

Tips for Talking About the Cost of Cancer Treatment

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?

Asking for and accepting help can also be hard. Many families facing cancer have shared with the Cancer Support Community that financial worries about cancer costs are a significant source of stress, and they don't know where to turn.

This section is a starting place to learn how to talk about the financial side of cancer and where to go for help.

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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.

Sue
Breast, melanoma, and metastatic lung cancer survivor

The First Step in Managing the Cost of Cancer Treatment? 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, financial counselor or to a nonprofit organization for helping managing the 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.

Cancer Support Community’s TOLL-FREE Cancer Support Helpline is for anyone affected by cancer. Our counselors are available and ready to assist you, whether you’re looking for cancer resources and information or someone to talk to about the emotional and social worries that cancer sometimes brings into our lives. The Helpline is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET, but you are welcome to call anytime and leave your name and contact number and one of our counselors will call you as soon as possible.

The Cancer Support Helpline offers:

  • Connections to local or national resources, including support groups, housing, transportation services, and other programs
  • Supportive counseling in over 200 languages
  • Referrals to financial, clinical trials, genetics/genomics, and pediatric oncology resources
  • Advice on talking to children, family, and health care providers

Call 1-888-793-9355 and a Helpline Call Counselor will be happy to assist you or Chat Online with one of our Helpline staff Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET and Saturday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.

Tips for Managing & Budgeting Your Cancer Costs

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