Paying for Breast Cancer Treatment

Paying for Breast Cancer Screening, Surgery and Treatment

Paying for breast cancer takes a toll on families, often times leaving them bankrupt. Living paycheck to paycheck while managing bills and treatment causes additional stress.

This page provides a list of charitable organizations that provide financial resources for breast cancer patients. These organizations help men and women undergoing breast cancer surgery and treatment or are in remission from breast cancer. Click on the links of each organization for eligibility requirements and to apply for assistance.

Maryland Residents Only – Paying for Breast Cancer Screening & Other Cancer Services

Maryland Breast & Cervical Cancer Program  1-800-477-9774  (For Maryland Residents Only)

If you are uninsured or underinsured and you live in Maryland, paying for breast cancer services may not be an issue. The Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers a number of free services for women’s health including clinical breast exam, mammograms, and breast biopsy. 

Must meet eligibility criteria for services: You must be age 40-64, no health insurance or if you have health insurance but unable to get screening and follow up testing, below 250% poverty level. In other words, you cannot make more than what is listed below, based on the number of people in your home.

2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines (250%): 1 person in household: $30,350; 2 people in household: $41,150;  3 people in household: $51,950; 4 people in household: $62,750; 5 people in household: $73,550. If you have more than 5 people in your household, please look at the 250% column in the 2018 poverty guidelines.

See Program Brochures for additional Information: English     Spanish

State of Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis Treatment Program   410-767-6787  (For Maryland Residents Only)

This program is for uninsured/under insured residents in Maryland. Must meet income requirements. Facebook page  Program Enrollment Applications: Enrollment Application – English  
Enrollment Application – Spanish

Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program  410-222-6180  (For Maryland Residents Only) 

You may be eligible for the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s FREE exam.

List of Low-Cost Healthcare Resources for Maryland Breast Cancer Patients  (For Maryland Residents Only)


General Financial Assistance

CancerCare 800-813-HOPE (4673) To apply, Call and speak with a CancerCare social worker.

CancerCare provides financial assistance for men and women with breast cancer. This charity provides funding for transportation, home care, child care, medication for pain and nausea, hormone therapy medication, lymphodema supplies. Funds cannot be used for living/household expenses.


Breast Cancer Financial Assistance for Rent and Living Expenses

The Help Now Fund charity provides a donation for up to $1,000 to help with bills and living expenses. There is an application to complete and you must submit the first two pages of your most recent tax return. Funding is not guaranteed but it is worth a try.

The Pink Fund provides financial help up to $3,000 over 90 days for living expenses for men or women who were working and lost income due to breast cancer. You must be receiving active treatment for breast cancer, such as a lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. If you are undergoing breast reconstruction or if your treatment is hormone therapy, you are not eligible to apply. Apply online or download, complete and mail the application.


Breast Cancer Financial Assistance for Medication and Supplies

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief helps you with your copayments for breast cancer medication, up to $5,000 a year. 

In order to be eligible you must have insurance and your insurance must cover the medication you are requesting financial assistance with; must have confirmed breast cancer diagnosis; must live in US; and must be below 400% federal poverty guidelines

2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines (400%): 1 person in household: $48,560; 2 people in household: 65,840; 3 people in household: $83,120; 4 people in household: $100,400; 5 people in household: $117,680. If you have more than 5 people in your household, please look at the 400% column in the 2018 poverty guidelines. You can Apply Online.