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Cancer is a difficult disease, but there are people and resources to ease your burden. Asking for help can be the hardest part of getting help. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask.

How do I find these resources?

In addition to searching this database, be sure to ask your doctor or health care team for suggestions of local or national organizations that support people with cancer. Local hospitals, health departments, and social service agencies are most familiar with services available near you – ask to speak with a social worker.

What kind of help can I get?

  • Cancer information: materials and other resources about cancer and its treatment.
  • Emotional support: support groups, counseling, patient-to-patient support.
  • Financial assistance: support related to medical billing, insurance coverage and reimbursement, Medicare and Medicaid, and Social Security.
  • Lodging or transportation: organizations that provide lodging and/or transportation for patients undergoing treatment or their families.
  • Home health care: skilled nursing care, home health aides, physical therapy, social work services, and nutrition counseling may be available to patients who need help at home.
  • Hospice care: focuses on the special needs of terminally ill cancer patients and their families.
  • Rehabilitation: focuses on the recovery from the physical effects of cancer treatment and helps people readjust to everyday routines or get back to work.

How should I prepare to ask for help?

Before you call an organization, it is important to think about what questions you will ask. Write down your questions before you call, and be ready to take notes. Here are some examples:

  • How do I apply for this service? What is the process?
  • Are there eligibility requirements? What are they?
  • Do you have any other suggestions about where I can find help?

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Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the National Cancer Institute. Please submit this form if you would like us to consider adding your organization. The form also describes our inclusion criteria.