“The Cost of Cancer” is a campaign supporting financial assistance for Albertans facing cancer. Cancer can be an overwhelming strain financially with unanticipated costs mounting upward of $20,000.
At times, the costs can be so devastating that some patients will decide against having life-saving therapy and instead choose a less effective treatment as they cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses.
Examples of support can include rent or mortgage payments, groceries, out of pocket medications not covered by insurance, utilities, and accommodation for those traveling out of their home town or city for long term treatment like bone marrow transplant.
Patients and families who qualify for Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program are able to receive support during their treatment so they can focus on what matters most – healing.