A cancer diagnosis can be expensive. Medical bills, medicine and medical supplies all add up. Plus, you still have to pay the mortgage, rent and grocery bills. If you need help, you’re not alone. Talk with your medical team or explore programs that can help.
Financial assistance for all cancer patients
These eight resources are available to patients with all types of cancer in Minnesota and Wisconsin:
American Cancer Society
Support varies by area. To get started, visit the website. Search for your zip code, plus “assistance- financial.”
Emergency financial assistance grants for adults with cancer living in communities across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
Cancer Legal Care
Free legal care for Minnesotans affected by cancer who otherwise have no access to an attorney's help.
Help for people currently getting treatment for cancer. Diagnosis must be confirmed by an oncologist and eligibility guidelines must be met.
Free and welcoming clubhouse for those living with cancer. Located in Minnetonka, Minn., Gilda’s Club offers social, emotional and mental health support.
Meal delivery for people diagnosed with cancer. You must live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Open Arms is open to all income levels.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Legal arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt and job retention related to your illness.
Yellow Brick Place
Find even more links to financial support resources from this organization.
Financial assistance for breast cancer and women’s cancers
Cleaning for a Reason
Connects women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer with a professional house cleaning service. The application process begins in June each year.
Supports women with financial help during breast cancer treatment. This includes emergency assistance for rent, utilities and transportation. Also, Hope Chest delivers healthy “Meals that Heal” for women and their families.
Mommy Has Breast Cancer
For mothers in active treatment for breast cancer. Helps you find resources and provides meal delivery. Educational materials are available for your children, spouse or significant other.
Pay It Forward Fund
This fund is open to patients at Methodist Hospital with breast cancer or women’s cancers. Women’s cancers include ovarian, uterine, endometrial and cervical cancers. Get help with basic living expenses while being treated. Includes mortgage, rent, car payments, utility bills and qualifying medical bills.
The Pink Fund
Short-term help with basic living expenses. The Pink Fund is for people in active treatment who have lost all or part of their income after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Payments are made directly to your creditors.
Colon cancer financial aid
Blue Hope Financial Assistance
One-time grants of $200 to colon and rectal cancer patients for treatment-related expenses.
Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma funding help
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter
Financial aid to cover co-pays for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma and pre-leukemia.
Lung cancer assistance
A Breath of Hope
Transportation and companionship for people getting treatment at Regions Hospital.
Cancer Support Community
Travel assistance grants (gas cards) for stage III or IV lung cancer.
Financial aid for cancer survivors
The Sam Fund
Support for basic needs for cancer survivors ages 21-39 who have completed treatment. This includes financial assistance for food, gas, utilities, and rent or mortgage.
Need additional help? Talk with the cancer center care team at HealthPartners and Park Nicollet about your options.