Practical Resources for Survivors

These resources have been selected to help you find information on many aspects of living with lung cancer, resources in your area, and specific kinds of assistance. Links to an outside website will open in a new window or tab in your browser.

Emotional support: helpful readings

The Stigma of Lung Cancer, by Lynn Eldridge, MD, Verywell.com, updated August 19, 2016

Living With Uncertainty, from the LiveStrong Foundation

Lung Cancer and Depression: Importance, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment, by Lynn Eldridge, MD, Verywell.com, updated August 17, 2016

Lung Cancer Smoker's Guilt: Coping With Guilty Feelings for Smokers With Lung Cancer, by Lynne Eldridge, MD, Verywell.com, updated August 19, 2016

Handling Negative Comments During Lung Cancer Treatment: Coping with the Stupid Things People Say with Lung Cancer, by Lynn Eldridge, MD, Verywell.com, updated September 8, 2016

General financial assistance

The C.H.A.I.N. Fund (www.TheChainFund.com)
Provides financial assistance to cancer patients in areas such as mortgage, rent, utilities, prescriptions, insurance, and special foods needs. Funds are made available to qualified applicants and paid directly to the appropriate vendors.

Pharmaceutical assistance

RxAssist (www.RxAssist.org)
Offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (www.PPARX.org)
Brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, health care providers, patient advocacy organizations, and community groups to help qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get free or low-cost medicines through the public or private program that's right for them

NeedyMeds (www.NeedyMeds.org)
A website of free information on programs that help people who can't afford medications and health care costs

CancerCare Copayment Assistance Foundation (www.CancerCoPay.org)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping patients afford their copayments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs

Nutritional support

Savor Health
Dedicated to making the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers easier and less stressful by providing services that relieve them of the significant time, energy, and worry associated with ensuring proper nutrition for themselves and their loved ones

Mortgage, rent, and utility assistance

Making Home Affordable (US Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Helps homeowners get mortgage relief and avoid foreclosure

Home Ownership Preservation Foundation
Independent national nonprofit dedicated to guiding consumers onto the path of sustainable homeownership and improving their overall financial health

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Provides heating and cooling assistance to roughly 6.7 million households

Legal/employment assistance

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line

LawHelp
Helps people of low and moderate incomes find free legal aid programs in their communities, answers to questions about their legal rights, and forms to help them with their legal problems

Disability Rights Legal Center
Provides legal services, education, and referrals to people with all disabilities regarding disability rights, cancer, special education, HIV/AIDS, and other disability-related legal issues. Download the Center's Patient Legal Handbook here

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Enforces federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information

Job Accommodation Network
A source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues

Cancer and Careers
Empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events

Finding lodging near treatment centers

Joe's House
Website listing thousands of places to stay across the country near hospitals and treatments centers that offer a discount for traveling patients and their loved ones

American Cancer Society Lodging Program
The American Cancer Society, in a cooperative effort with hotels across the country, provides overnight accommodations to cancer patients who must travel for outpatient treatment and need assistance with lodging

Healthcare Hospitality Network
A nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to patients, families, and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. (www.NAHHH.org)
An association of more than 150 nonprofit organizations located throughout the U.S. that provide family-centered lodging and support services to families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities

Medical equipment

Medicare
Enter your ZIP code to find suppliers of the following medical equipment and supplies

Chariots of Hope
A nonprofit organization that collects used wheelchairs, repairs them, and distributes them to those in need at no cost to the recipient

Camps and respite services

Camp Kesem
Provides summer camp experiences for over 3,800 children across the country who have been affected by their parent’s diagnosis of cancer

First Descents
Offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them

ARCH National Respite Network
A service to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in their community

Transportation

Air Charity Network

Provides people in need with access to free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community, or national crisis.

Air Care Alliance
A nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilot members are dedicated to community service. Includes a listing of volunteer pilots or an aviation charitable group by location.

Angel Wheels to Healing
Dedicated to providing non-emergency, long-distance ground transportation to financially stressed ambulatory patients who are traveling for treatment

Corporate Angel Network (www.CorpAngelNetwork.org)
Helps to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort, and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers, using the empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business

National Patient Travel Center
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical transportation network

Other services

Dental Lifeline
Provides access to dental care and education for people who cannot afford it and who have a permanent disability, are elderly (age 65 or older), or are medically fragile

Eye Care America
A public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that provides access to medical eye care

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