There are two types of programs that offer coverage – Co-Pay Assistance Programs/Foundations and Pharmaceutical/Industry Manufacturer programs. Men with private insurance coverage (not Medicare or Medicaid) can seek support from both foundations and industry programs.
Every program will differ in the amount and type of support they provide. The burden is on you and your loved ones to work with your health care provider and apply for support.
Cancer Co-Pay Foundations Offering Prostate Cancer Support
The programs listed below may have funds for prostate cancer treatment. Each foundation must be contacted individually regarding availability of funds and eligibility.
- Patient Access Network Foundation
- Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR)
- The CPR provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients, assisting them with prescription drug co-payments their insurances requires relative to their diagnosis. *Please note that Patient Advocate Foundation provides co-pay support for men undergoing radiation treatment as well as other support.
- Good Days (previously Chronic Disease Fund)
- Good Days from CDF is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that helps patients with chronic diseases, cancer, and other life-altering conditions obtain the life-saving medications they need.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPARx)
- PPARx helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.
- Patient Services Inc (PSI)
- PSI is a national non-profit organization whose caring staff is committed to supporting people with expensive chronic illnesses and conditions through locating solutions with health insurance and assisting with premiums and prescription co-payments to facilitate positive health and well-being.
- CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation (CCAF)
- CCAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping patients afford their co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs.
- 866-552-6729 or 212-601-9750
Industry Sponsored Patient Assistance Programs
Financial assistance support programs sponsored by industry assist men with financial support to pay for the prostate cancer medication, testing, durable medical equipment (DME), and other products and services that the companies manufacture. Each program is different so it is important to contact programs individually to learn about what they offer and if you are eligible for assistance. Most companies offer support programs to help men with commercial insurance or no insurance coverage (including non-coverage of a product or service by the insurer). If you need help determining which program is right for you, ask your doctor’s office for the name of the manufacturer of your treatment. Below are links and numbers to programs that provide assistance for several frequently prescribed prostate cancer treatments and their relevant prostate cancer treatment(s).
- Provenge Financial Coverage (Provenge)
- Tolmar Total Solutions (Eligard)
- Joe’s House
- Joe’s House is a nonprofit organization providing an online nation-wide list of places to stay to assist cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers
- National Patient Travel Center
- The 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.
- Road to Recovery
- The American Cancer Society uses a volunteer driver network to provide transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
- Corporate Angel Network
- The Corporate Angel Network finds empty seats on corporate jets for cancer patients to fly to treatment centers for free.
- Air Care Alliance
- The Air Care Alliance brings together volunteer pilots to fly cancer patients to treatment.
- Traveling with a Medical Condition
- The Essential Guide to Traveling with a Medical Condition
- Five steps to get through the airport as fast and efficiently as possible.
- Mercy Medical Angels
- Mercy Medical Angels serves people in need through several charitable, medically-related transportation programs.
Additional Helpful Resources
- Cancer and Careers
- Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events.
- Job Accommodation Network
- If you have a question about workplace accommodations or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, the Job Accommodation Network can help.
- Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC)
- CLRC is a joint program of Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. The CLRC provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line.
- Triage Cancer
- Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education and resources on the entire continuum of cancer survivorship issues to survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals.
- Cancer Support Community
- Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care. Download or order a free copy.
- Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
- The CFAC provides a helpful tool to find resources by diagnosis, type of assistance needed, and geographical location
- NeedyMeds helps provides members with various drug discounts. They also have regular webinars and other educational materials on managing the costs of medicine.
- RxAssist runs a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs as well as tools, news, and articles so that patients can find the information they need.
- RxHope provides a patient assistance program to support low income US residents with covering their prescriptions for free or low cost.
Managing Costs of Prostate Cancer Care Webinar
ZERO and Monica Bryant of Triage Cancer delivered an educational webinar discussing insurance, disability and financial resources for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Attendees left armed with information to use in discussions with their health care team and or employer about managing the cost of prostate cancer treatment.