NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
Living your life
What are the financial challenges?
interactive tools and educational events on how
people with cancer can thrive in the workplace.
Start preparing your workplace as soon as you know
your treatment plan and its likely side effects. Ensure
that your chair is comfortable, and that you have a
place to keep snacks, drinks, and other supplies for
relieving side effects such as dry mouth and nausea.
You may also want to prepare your coworkers.
Let close colleagues know how treatment may
be affecting your work schedule, and keep them
updated on your needs and limitations as treatment
What are the financial
Financial problems are unfortunate and can happen
to AYAs with cancer. You may face financial stresses
such as unemployment or lack of health insurance.
In addition, medical co-pays can add up. The cost
of transportation to and from the hospital, as well
as lodging, can also add to your bills. Talk with your
team’s social worker, patient navigators, and hospital
financial services about getting financial support.
An excellent source of support and information is
the not-for-profit Patient Advocate Foundation. This
Foundation provides professional case managers
who serve as advocates for patients dealing with
insurance companies, employers, and/or creditors. To
contact a case manager go towww.patientadvocate. org
or call 800.532.5274.
Pharmaceutical companies often have patient
assistance programs, which provide free or
discounted medications to patients in financial need.
Search online databases at Rx Assist atwww.rxassist. org/patients o
r Needy Meds atwww.needymeds.org
Other sources for help with medication costs include:
The Patient Access Network Foundation atwww.panfoundation.org
This foundation provides help to underinsured
patients for out-of-pocket expenses for life-
saving medication. Patients must complete an
application and meet certain insurance and
income criteria to qualify for aid.
The Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay
Relief Program atwww.copays.org
direct financial support for pharmaceutical co-
payments to insured patients who financially
and medically qualify.
NCCN hosts a
Resource Room atwww.nccn.org/ reimbursement resource_room/default.aspx .
You can download a free reimbursement app
or resource guide that lists reimbursement or
payment assistance programs.