A cancer diagnosis not only brings physical and emotional challenges but can also be a huge financial burden to patients and their families
"Because of the financial aid I received, I was able to go through treatment without having to worry about money. I could focus on healing, and getting better for my sons."
- Stella Hernandez
Cancer can have a huge strain on finances. Sometimes people opt out of therapy if they can’t afford to take time off work or they are often forced to cash in their RRSPs or use up their savings. Long-term disability insurance typically only makes up 60 per cent of a paycheque. Applying for any governmental financial assistance can take up to six months, and some of those funding options only last a few months. Meanwhile the bills pile up and some families are forced to declare bankruptcy, all on top of one member’s failing health. The costs that go along with the disease can sometimes be so overwhelming that a patient will decide not to have life-saving therapy like a transplant and instead opt to save travel costs by choosing a lesser treatment.
Because of investments in the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program, hundreds of Albertan families are able to focus on healing rather than making ends meet when faced with a cancer diagnosis.
Find out more about Patient Financial Assistance
Contact Patient Resource
Tom Baker Cancer Center
Patient Resource Office telephone: +1 403-355-3207
Cross Cancer Institute
Westmount Office - Patient Resource Office telephone: +1 780-643-4304