Patient Resources

Education & Assistance:

  • American Cancer Society
    • Call: 1-800-227-2345 - Cancer Information Specialists answer questions 24 hours a day, connecting patients and caregivers with resources including transportation assistance
    • Resources – provides information and links to help patients and survivors find programs and services in their area
  • LIVESTRONG – LIVESTRONG provides a variety of resources to both patients and survivors of cancer.  They offer a navigation program that provides free patient education, referrals and counseling services. 

Financial & Legal Resources:

  • Enroll Michigan
    Certified Application Counselors are trained and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assist individuals and families with enrollment in health insurance including health plans offered in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and MIChild.
  • HealthCare.gov
    This website, includes sections focusing on: finding insurance options; learning about prevention; comparing quality of care; understanding the new law and its provisions; and information tailored for families with children, individuals, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, and employers.
  • www.insureUStoday.org
    This website is designed to answer commonly asked questions about insurance benefit changes in the Affordable Care Act. It is supported by a toll-free number offering personalized services and is constructed in a blog format, allowing visitors to post their questions that are then answered by insurance specialists from the Patient Advocate Foundation.
  • Cancer Insurance Checklist –Assists those who have cancer, a history of cancer or are at risk for cancer with signing up for insurance using the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) – Information about cancer-related legal issues through a national telephone assistance line.  To contact the CLRC, please call (866) THE-CLRC.
  • Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition – A coalition of financial assistance organizations who work to eliminate financial challenges by educating patients and providers about existing resources
  • RxAssist
    Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine.  RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs. 
  • Rx Hope
    This organization helps people in obtaining medications that they would have trouble affording though help with patient assistance programs. 
  • NeedyMeds.org
    Site contains information on pharmaceutical assistance programs.
  • Patient Access Network Foundation
    This organization provides help to people with chronic or life-threatening illness who have insurance but out-of- pocket costs still limit medical care access.  Not all cancers are covered by this program. 

Education:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC has developed a webpage for cancer survivors, which is a great go to place for all things cancer suvivorship. Topics include cancer treatment, survivorship care plans, and survivors physical and mental health. There is also information for a cancer survivor's family, friends and caregivers.   
  • National Cancer Institute– Information on different cancer types, including issues related to screening and treatment.  Clinical trial information is also available. 
  • Inside Cancer
    This website offers users a multimedia guide to the physical aspects of cancer. Through animations and expert interviews, visitors learn the hallmarks of cancer, cancer causes and prevention, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and cancer pathways.
  • Cancer and Careers – Expert advice and educational services for employed cancer patients and their providers relating to questions like:  How or what do I tell my boss?  How do I balance work and treatment?  What can I expect from my employer? 
  • Cancer Survival Toolbox - National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship —
    The Cancer Survival Toolbox is a free, self-learning audio program aimed at helping people develop important skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness. While created primarily for people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer, the Toolbox can help anyone who is facing hard decisions and changes in life due to cancer.
  • WomensHealth.gov
    A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, this site offers links to online content tailored to the needs of women, as well as print publications in English and Spanish that cover a variety of women's health topics and the WomensHealth.gov monthly newsletter.

Support:

  • The Cancer Support Community - The Cancer Support Community provides free social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer online and in 3 Michigan locations.  It delivers its services for free including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes, and social activities.

Maintaining Fertility:

  • Fertile Hope - A national LIVESTRONG initiative which provides reproductive information to cancer patients whose medical treatments present a risk of infertility
  • MyOncofertility.org – The Oncofertility Consortium
    This website is a patient education resource which includes links to cancer and fertility resources as well as support services. 

Prevention:

  • Prevent Cancer Foundation- Focus is on cancer prevention including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or early detection and treatment