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The number of organizations that offer information, support and assistance to people with cancer can seem overwhelming. When you look at a list of all the organizations that offer some time of help, it can make you wonder where to begin or who to call first.

Below are a few organizations that we suggest you contact first - after you have developed a list of some of the types of support and help you need.

We have selected these organizations because of their commitment (or requirement by law) to work with you to help you find what you need.

Most of these "selected" organizations partner with a number of organizations. Calling them may reduce the number of calls you make to individual agencies.

Please use the comment box below to let us know if one of these sources has been particularly helpful in your search for resources. Also use the comment box to let us know if you have a pressing need that has not been met even after calling each of the organizations below.

  • The LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare program of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, provides:
    • Help addressing financial and insurance concerns
    • Counseling and referrals to local resources
    • Clinical trials matching to new treatments in development

    Call LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare toll-free Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST 1-866-235-7205 to speak to a case manager or visit www.LIVESTRONG.org

  • 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service
    • Over 40 states have started a call 2-1-1 line in partnership with United Way. In these states, just like you can call 9-1-1 for emergency services, you can call 2-1-1 to get information on a broad range of services, including rent assistance, food banks, affordable housing, health resources, child care, after-school programs, elderly care, medical and prescription assistance, and job training programs.
      • Even in the states and areas where the 2-1-1 system is not yet activated there is usually a phone number in place to find services available in your area.
      • You can simply start by picking up your phone and dialing 2-1-1 and discussing your situation and the help you need with the person on the other end who will help you locate local resources in your community.
      • If 2-1-1 doesn't work on your phone, go to the website www.211.org
      • Enter your zip code, click on "Comprehensive Information and Referral." The phone number to call for your area will pop- up on the right hand side of the screen.

  • GovBenefits.gov 1-800-333-4636 (1-800-FED-INFO) www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal
    • This number and website is run through a partnership of Federal agencies with a shared vision to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs.
    • This Web site's online screening tool is free, easy-to-use, and completely confidential.
    • The user answers a series of questions; then the Web site generates a list of government benefit programs that the user may be eligible to receive, along with information about how the user can apply.

  • The Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act provides, in most states, Medicaid coverage to pay for treatment to women who have been screened for and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer including precancerous conditions through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
    • For find the phone number to contact this program in your state or tribal area visit: apps.nccd.cdc.gov/cancercontacts/nbccedp/contacts.asp
    • The state/tribal program staff of the CDC Breast and Cervical Cancer Programs are usually very knowledgeable about formal and informal resources available in your area and are often willing to go the extra mile to locate assistance wherever it is available. Some states/tribes even have Patient Navigator Programs to help you locate the assistance you need.
    • Indian women with breast or cervical cancer who are eligible for health services provided under a medical care program of the Indian Health Service or of a tribal organization are included in the Medicaid eligibility category of breast or cervical cancer patients added by the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000.

  • National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses 800-542-9730 www.nahhh.org
    • Provides accommodations for families and patients receiving medical treatment away from home. Rates typically range from $5-$15 per day (sometimes free).

  • National Patient Travel Helpline 800-296-1217 www.patienttravel.org
    • Locates the best available travel options for patients. Help available 24 hours.

  • NeedyMeds www.needymeds.com/
    • NeedyMeds is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or health care costs.
    • The information at NeedyMeds can be obtained anonymously and is free of charge.
    • NeedyMeds is a web-based information source similar to the Yellow Pages; it does not supply medications or financial assistance, but helps people find assistance programs and other available resources.

  • The Veterans Administration (VA) 1-877-222-8387
    Tobias Martinez
    (Mescalero Apache)
    Dx 1990 Oral Cancer



    "During this whole thing, I'm a very active veteran. I've always been proud of my past as far as my own life as being in the military, and it just so happened that one of the doctors happened to see me out at a sister teaching institution and he was also tied into the VA hospital, at that point the whole thing turned around. He immediately sent me to the VA hospital a sister teaching institution this hospital and the VA decided that my immediate need, plus the cash problems that I was having qualified me for what I needed from the VA hospital."

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    • For more information about the VA cancer program, visit the VA Cancer Web page at www1.va.gov/cancer/index.cfm on the Internet.
    • The VA cancer program provides users of the veterans' health care system easy access to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment services and participation in cancer clinical trials.
    • Veterans of the United States armed forces can take advantage of some of the most promising advances in cancer research.
    • The VA web site offers cancer facts, information about care, a list of VA-designated comprehensive cancer centers, and the VA's national cancer strategy.




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