We understand that cancer can be an overwhelming experience—to patients and families alike. You are not alone in this unwanted journey.
We are here to help you find the assistance you need. In fact, there are many resources available to assist those with cancer. Sometimes, half the battle is just knowing what’s available and how to access it. Below are some of the most common programs we recommend. While the Tanya Issac Foundation is also available to provide assistance, these national programs are often our starting point. We then can “fill in the gaps” after you’ve exhausted their services.
PhRMA, an organization that represents the country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies, is a great place to start. It is particularly useful if your doctor has prescribed one of the more expensive non-generic medications. PhRMA’s Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) program has become a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs. These programs offer access to more than 2,500 prescription medicines, including a wide range of generics. Keep in mind that PPA doesn’t typically allow patients who are receiving government aid (i.e. Medicare or Medicaid) to use this program.
Visit either www.pparx.org or www.phrma.org/advocacy/access/patient-assistance for more information. If you cannot find your medication on this website, you may also consider visiting the drug manufacturer’s website. Some companies have their own assistance programs available.
Below are a few resources that allow you to compare prescription and procedure prices. It is important to only do business with U.S. based websites. Look for the seal that shows they are certified as a verified online pharmacy.
If you ever need to dispose of medications, download this list of drug disposal locations and programs. While these resources change often, they are not all-inclusive. It is our goal to ensure you always have the most up-to-date information. Additionally, if you find information you feel should be added or corrected, email us and let us know so that we can provide access to assistance that makes an impact. For instance, sometimes keeping your living space clean and tidy can help you feel better. Need help with household needs? These local cleaning services may be a good starting point.
Updated 9/1/16, subject to change