Grants available for funding cancer treatment can be sought through the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition, a group of national organizations that provide patients with financial help, according to Cancer.Net. The coalition offers a database of financial resources. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and CancerCare also provide financial assistance.
Additional sources that provide funds for cancer patients are the HealthWell Foundation, which helps insured patients with chronic, life-altering diseases pay for their medications and the National Foundation for Transplants, which provides funds for patients needing bone marrow, stem cell and other transplants, states Cancer.Net.
Organizations such as Lutheran Social Services, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Jewish Social Services and Lions Club offer grants to help pay treatment costs and assist with travel, medications and other needs. Hospitals, clinics and social workers also maintain lists of local service organizations that offer assistance. The American Cancer Society and local United Way offices inform patients about services in their communities, per Cancer.Net.
Raising treatment funds through cancer crowdfunding sites such as FundRazr is another option for patients and families, according to Healthline. In crowdfunding, many people contribute small amounts online to fund campaigns. Social media helps to spread the word within local communities and around the world about a patient's need for treatment funds. Donations can total tens of thousands of dollars for one patient.