Help with screening
Zero: The Project to End Prostate Cancer often conducts free screenings. Another route is through local hospitals and local prostate cancer support groups. Us TOO has information about support groups: www.ustoo.org.
The Prostate Conditions Education Council also lists screenings:
Help with the costs of treatment and medical debt
ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
On its cancer information site, ASCO offers information about the cost of cancer care, the impact of the 2010 health reform law and a free guide, Managing the Cost of Cancer Care.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC)
CFAC is a coalition of organizations helping cancer patients manage their financial challenges.
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance. CancerCare offers helpful fact sheets on finding financial assistance in your community:
- “Financial Help for People with Cancer”
- “Sources of Financial Assistance”
- “Finding Resources in Your Community”
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 2007 to address the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating cancer. They have a fund specifically for prostate cancer. Check the site to see which medications are eligible.
HRSA Consolidated Health Centers
Health Centers offer access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care and social services to medically unserved and underserved populations. Federally funded health centers offer services to the general community, as well as specific special populations including: migrant and seasonal farmworkers, homeless, public housing residents, and school aged children. Services are provided to all residents of the service area without regard to an individual’s ability to pay.
Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Care
1–800–638–0742 (Maryland residents call 1–800–492–0359)
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assist Foundation
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that assists patients without adequate financial resources and prescription coverage in obtaining free products donated by the operating companies of Johnson & Johnson.
Medicare is a Federal health insurance program also administered by the CMS. Eligible individuals include those who are 65 or older, people of any age with permanent kidney failure, and disabled people under age 65. Medicare is divided into two parts, Part A and Part B. Part A pays for hospital care, home health care, hospice care, and care in Medicare-certified nursing facilities. Part B covers medically necessary services, including diagnostic studies, physicians’ services, durable home medical equipment, and ambulance transportation.
NeedyMeds.org has information on medicine and healthcare assistance programs. To find free/loc-cost/sliding scale clinics:
Patient Advocate Foundation
Provides effective mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses.
Help with travel and housing assistance
American Cancer Society: Hope Lodge
Free, temporary housing facilities for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment and their families.
Joe’s House provides a nation-wide online service that helps cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.
National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses
The National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. is a non-profit corporation serving facilities that provide lodging and other supportive services to patients and their families when confronted with medical emergencies.
Air Care Alliance
Lists volunteers who provide free flights for patients who need to travel for medical treatment.
Air Charity Network
Provides free flights for patients who need to travel for medical treatment
Angel Flight Samaritans
Charitable medical air transportation system for patients to travel to and from distant specialized medical evaluations, diagnosis or treatments
Corporate Angel Network
Free air transportation for people with cancer traveling to treatment using empty seats on corporate jets.
National Patient Travel Helpline
The NPTC exists to facilitate patient access to appropriate charitable medical air transportation resources in the United States. The NPTC also exists to develop, administer and consolidate airline patient ticket programs and to operate various Special-Lift and Child-Lift programs on behalf of special disease organizations and/or clinical research centers in the United States.
Help with prescriptions and medical supplies
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.
NeedyMeds.org has information on medicine and healthcare assistance programs.
Medicaid (Medical Assistance), a jointly funded, Federal-State health insurance program for people who need financial assistance for medical expenses, is coordinated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Although the Federal Government establishes general guidelines for the program, Medicaid program requirements are established by each state. Medicaid coverage includes part-time nursing, home care aide services, and medical supplies and equipment.
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program
For help with insurance co-payments to cover the costs of medications
Listing of patient assistance programs for obtaining medications.
IMPACT (California only)
IMPACT´s mission is to provide high quality free prostate cancer treatment to Californian men with little or no health insurance.
Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program: Breast, Cervical, Colorectal and Prostate Cancer (New York only)
Provides Medicaid coverage to New York State individuals screened and diagnosed with breast/cervical/colorectal/prostrate cancer or pre-cancerous conditions through the Cancer Services Program Partnerships (CSPP).
One-to-one support for people being treated with ZYTIGA. The goal of ZytigaOne Support is to make access to therapy with ZYTIGA simple, convenient, and easy.
Help with bills and daily living expenses
Call 211 to connect with your local United Way. They can connect you with community and government programs.
Your phone company and local utilities often offer assistance programs to people in need or they may work with you on a payment plan.
Help with legal issues
Cancer Legal Resource Center
The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School. The CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, their families, friends, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer.