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Financial assistance for cancer patients

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Updated: 4/11/2007 5:45 pm
Coping with cancer can be so physically and emotionally challenging that the financial aspects are sometimes overlooked. Unfortunately, the reality of the disease is that it's very expensive to treat. Costs that accumulate from treatments, medicine, lost wages, and increased household expenses can be overwhelming. Many cancer patients are able to continue working, but in cases where the condition worsens and a person becomes too weak to work, financial crisis can set in. There are a number of programs and organizations that offer help. Financial counselors through the American Cancer Society help secure cash grants and food stamps. The Social Security Administration and various local agencies can also provide financial assistance. If you're not able to work for six months or more, you may be eligible for disability benefits either from your employer or the government. If a situation arises that you aren't able to pay your monthly bills, most utility services have payment plans designed for people in crisis. The most important thing is not to let your debt get too deep before seeking assistance.
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