Costs related to breast cancer care can quickly become a financial burden.
You may get many bills for just one procedure. For example, you may get a bill from each department in the hospital involved with your surgery such as the lab (pathology), surgery and others.
Even if your co-payment for a single bill is low, these costs add up. Out-of-pocket costs (such as transportation) may also add to this burden.
It’s OK to ask for help. There are many financial resources available for people with breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen® offers the Komen Financial Assistance Program to eligible individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment at any stage or living with metastatic breast cancer (stage IV), the most advanced stage of breast cancer.
With this program, we aim to help those who are facing financial challenges by providing: limited financial assistance, breast cancer education, psychosocial support and information about local resources.
Financial assistance is available to those who meet pre-determined eligibility criteria. To learn more about this program, please VISIT US here.
How to find financial assistance
Your doctor, nurse or social worker may have information on financial resources.
Most hospitals and treatment centers have financial counselors. They can help you with the details of your insurance paperwork and give you an estimate of the cost of your treatment.
Financial counselors can also help you work out a payment plan. If you’re not able to pay, some places may be willing to reduce or waive some costs if you ask.
Hospital discharge planners, patient service offices, nurse navigators and patient navigators may also have information on resources and advice about financial matters.
For questions about your insurance policy, state insurance agencies and insurance companies can be helpful.
Learn more about insurance.
Financial assistance programs
No matter your income, you may qualify for financial aid from federal, state or local programs. A financial counselor at your hospital can help you learn about these programs.
Many organizations offer financial assistance and help with travel, lodging, medical items and prescription drugs. Some are listed below.
Susan G. Komen®’s Breast Care Helpline:
Calls to our Breast Care Helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. Our helpline provides free, professional support services to anyone with questions or concerns about breast cancer, including people diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.
You can also email the helpline at email@example.com.