A breast cancer diagnosis is expensive. The costs associated with treatment and follow-up care can be a financial strain for most people and their families, even with health insurance.
Besides the costs of treatments such as surgery or radiation, you may be facing extra expenses for transportation to and from treatments, child care while you’re having treatment, or special foods to make sure your nutritional needs are being met. If you’ve had to take time off from work and your income is lower, these living expenses can be challenging to cover.
We know paying for treatment may seem overwhelming. But don’t panic, and don’t skip any treatments or doctor’s visits.
If you live in Alabama, Forge has many resources available to help you, including gas cards or Lyft rides to get to medical appointments, grocery cards to help you with nutrition, and free, volunteer financial advisors to work with you on your budget. Contact our Client Services Coordinator, Janet Dees, at (205) 990-5367 or [email protected] for help. Si hablas español y quieres más información, por favor contacta a Ana Emaldi, al (205) 990-5375 O al [email protected].
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These resources may be helpful, too.
- Nancy’s List – Financial Resources for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors
- Understanding the Costs Associated With Cancer
- Lowering Costs: Start With Your Care Team
- Managing Your Health Insurance
- Tips to Lower Medicine Costs
- Help Paying for Medical Tests
- Clinical Trials May Cover Costs
- Help Paying for Living Expenses
- Help for People Without Health Insurance
- Tax Deductions for Treatment
- Tips for Choosing a Financial Planner