“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, 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.

The need for this program has been increasing by ten per cent each year, surpassing $1.2M last year and projected to continue increasing.

By the Numbers

$1.2 million

ensures 1,100 qualified Albertans could access assistance about 6,000 times in the year


The average amount accessed by one family during their cancer treatment

36 Albertans

had to leave their home and stay in Calgary for bone marrow transplant treatments for month at a time.

Rose's Story

Rose McCarroll knows firsthand how overwhelming the cost of cancer can be.

Rose lives in Blackfalds, AB with her husband Richard and son Adam. In 2014, her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed with cancer in her uterus. Though she underwent a hysterectomy to remove the tumours, it was later found that her cancer had spread and that she needed to receive radiation and brachytherapy treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. Self-employed as a day home provider, Rose was unable to work while undergoing treatment. And soon as the costs associated with her treatment started to add up, she and her family started to feel the financial strain.

“The trips back and forth from Calgary was financially difficult because I couldn’t work. My husband and I had to rely on one source of income when we were used to two.”

Alberta Cancer Foundation is there for Albertans facing cancer who have no other financial options left. You can be there with us.

Your generosity will impact your fellow Albertans during an already frightening and difficult cancer journey. You will be giving them hope and support. Together, we can make life better for Albertans facing cancer.