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Financial Resources for People Receiving Radiation Therapy

National - Brain Tumors

Individuals with a primary or metastatic brain tumor may be eligible to receive financial assistance for treatment related expenses, including radiation therapy costs and co-pays, through the National Brain Tumor Foundation's Patient Help Fund. Grants range from $100 to $1,000. Patients must be over 18 and residents of the United States. Call 1-800-934-2873 or visit the Patient Help Fund online for an application.

National - Fertility Preservation

Fertile Hope has a program to help patients undergoing radiation therapy pay for fertility preservation treatments, including sperm banking and egg and embryo freezing. Visit Fertile Hope's Financial Assistance resource or call 1-800-994-HOPE.

National - General Financial Assistance - ACS

The American Cancer Society is an national organization that helps people with cancer. ACS provides several documents on where to find financial assistance and get help dealing with insurance problems. Help is also available through its call center at 1-800-227-2345.

National - General Financial Assistance - CancerCare

CancerCare is an organization that helps people with cancer find assistance of all kinds, including financial support. It has a fact sheet on seeking financial help available in English and Spanish to help you get started.

National - General Financial Assistance - PAF

The Patient Advocate Foundation offers a wide variety of financial assistance for cancer patients, including assigning case workers to help patients resolve insurance issues (private and Medicare/Medicaid), navigate insurance appeals and resolve debt problems due to cancer diagnosis. They also maintain a comprehensive state database that helps patients discover resources in their area. For more information, call 1-800-532-5274.

National - Leukemia and Lymphoma

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Co-pay Assistance Program helps patients with radiation treatment co-pays as well as drug co-pays and medical insurance premiums for certain individuals. For more information, call 1-877-557-2672 or visit the program online.

New York

Through a special grant in New York, some patients undergoing radiation therapy may be eligible to receive some financial assistance. For more information, contact Cancer Care at 1-800-813-HOPE or e-mail info@cancercare.org.

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, uninsured women with low to moderate incomes with breast cancer, cervix cancer or a primary breast cancer metastases may be eligible for free treatments, including radiation therapy. For more information, call 1-800-215-7494 and ask for the HealthyWoman Program. Similar programs exist for women outside of Pennsylvania. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and click on your state to find out what resources may be available to you.

Virginia

Senior Navigator offers assistance to individuals in Virginia who need help with medical treatments and how to pay for them.

If you know of a program that offers financial assistance to help patients receiving radiation therapy treatments, please let us know.

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