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:

  • Benefits Check Up
    Benefits Check Up is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) that assists adults over 55 with help to pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs.

  • The Blue Fund
    Short-term financial assistance for non-medical bills is available for qualified men undergoing active treatment of prostate cancer for up to 3 months based upon available funds and need.

  • Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
    A coalition of financial assistance organizations who work to eliminate financial challenges by educating patients and providers about existing resources

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care for Me & My Family? 
    This website has links to other web pages with information and phone numbers for places with low cost or free health care, or help with insurance.

  • NeedyMeds.org
    Site contains information on pharmaceutical assistance programs.
  • New Day Foundation for Families
    Serves the cancer community by alleviating the  financial and emotional burdens caused by a cancer diagnosis, through our trusted financial assistance and counseling programs.

  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance
    Assists patients without prescription drug coverage in getting their medications, many medications are free or reduced cost.

  • 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.

  • Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Assistance and information for patients to help settle issues related to access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness.
  • The Pink Fund
    Assists with short term financial aid for non-medical basic cost of living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment who are unable to work as a result of their diagnosis and debilitating treatment side effects. Our 90 day financial assistance program seeks to ensure continuing care by making COBRA insurance premiums. Based on available funding, payments may also be made for housing, transportation and utilities.
  • 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. 

Education:

  • 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.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    This website for cancer survivors, 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. 

  •  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.
  • National Cancer Institute
    Information on different cancer types, including issues related to screening and treatment.  Clinical trial information is also available. 
  • 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