COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance for People with Cancer

Posted April 3rd, 2020

Several cancer service organizations have limited funding available to provide emergency financial assistance for individuals with cancer affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Funds are limited. If you are eligible and need emergency funding for things like groceries, transportation to chemotherapy (so you can avoid public transportation), child-care and other expenses that help you to stay […]

“Dear Patient.” Hints from a healthcare provider on talking about financial toxicity.

Posted November 27th, 2019

Dear Patient, Let’s be honest; we talk a lot about your fatigue, your nausea, your neuropathy, and all the other physical symptoms of treatment and your disease and those things are important.  There’s something else that might be just as important that we never mention…your finances (or how much that drug you’re taking is going […]

Coping with Financial Toxicity: Help is Available

Posted November 14th, 2019

When someone is given a cancer diagnosis, treatment guidelines are reviewed by the physician and then it is common for the oncology nurse to spend time with the individual discussing each drug, their possible side effects, and toxicities.  The role of the oncology nurse in the assessment and management of side effects is key and […]

Rodney Warner

Disability, Work & Cancer: A Survivor’s Lessons Learned

Posted November 12th, 2019

Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can provide you and your family an income while you’re unable to work because of cancer or treatment, but there’s a lot of fine print. If you expect to be out of work for at least a year, or your cancer isn’t curable, SSD is worth looking into. It’s a […]

Cancer and Financial Toxicity: 6 Tactics

Posted November 7th, 2019

My friend, Michaela, upon turning 40, had a mammogram. Suspicious areas showed up in both breasts, which precipitated an ultrasound, two biopsies, and additional mammography. All to the tune of $4,000. Although no cancer was detected, Michaela needs to return every six months for images. “High risk,” they said. “We need to watch this closely,” they said. Here’s the […]

OncoLink’s Annual Health Insurance Webinar Series: Updates for 2020

Posted November 4th, 2019

During the month of November, we will be featuring blogs from patients, caregivers and healthcare providers that focus on the topic of financial toxicity. Knowing more about your insurance and your coverage can help manage financial toxicity. Open enrollment season for Medicare and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) plans is now upon us! To help you […]