Financial Resources

A significant part of cancer care is the financial burden that may fall upon survivors and their family. Treatment bills, drug prescriptions, and utilities are among many costs that can become too much; however, there is help. Professionals such as oncology social workers, case managers, and nurse navigators are available to assist with providing financial resources, aid, and referrals to support services. Don't let financial burdens drag you down - there are numerous ways to get help and remind you that you are not alone!

Below are some sample budget forms that you can use to organize your monthly income and expenses, and a partial list of other financial resources and articles that are prepared to help.

Financial Planning

Financial Advisor and Liaison to Dana-Farber Pro Bono Financial Coaching, Rick Fingerman, CFP® has kindly provided documents that can be used to organize expenses. Both forms can be edited and filled out as you go through the months!

                      Monthly Expense Form                                                    Monthly Expense Data Gathering               

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is a cancer financial support organization that strives to alleviate the financial burden of cancer on patients and their families. They provide grants to assist with household expenses including rent, mortgage, and utilities. To find out more or to apply visit:

Clinical Trial Costs

The National Cancer Institute provides helpful guidance on clinical trials for patients and caregivers.


June 18, 2020

Life and Death Decisions: Financial Toxicity & Cancer Treatment

By: Team JAF

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation interviews Dr. Muzaffar Qazilbash, Professor, Department of Stem Cell Transplantation, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center about the financial toxicity of cancer treatment and tools that are available to aid with financial stress. Read at Joe Andruzzi Foundation.

February 26, 2013

The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment: A Pilot Study Assessing Out‐of‐Pocket Expenses and the Insured Cancer Patient's Experience

By: S. Yousuf Zafar, Jeffrey M. Peppercorn, Deborah Schrag, Donald H. Taylor, Amy M. Goetzinger, Xiaoyin Zhong, & Amy P. Abernethy

This article outlines topics including co-payment assistance, underinsurance, and impact of costs on the wellbeing and treatment of insured cancer patients. Read at The Oncologist.

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