There are numerous financial assistance options for cancer patients, including private health insurance, government programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid and local service organizations. Local service or volunteer organizations include religious groups, such as Catholic Charities, Jewish Social Services, Lutheran Social Services and the Salvation Army, as well as secular organizations, such as the Lions Club. These may be able to provide grants for cancer treatments or else help with other costs like food, travel and housing, notes Cancer.Net.
To cover medical costs specifically, there are a number of organizations that can help cancer patients, notes Cancer.Net. These include the Chronic Disease Fund, which helps underinsured patients, and the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, which helps patients without prescription drug coverage.