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Cancer Support Community Launches Navigating Cancer Cost Toolkit


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In a study conducted by the Cancer Support Community, more than 72 per­cent of people with cancer surveyed experienced some degree of emotional distress from managing cancer care costs. To help meet the needs of people affected by the financial burden of cancer care, the Cancer Support Com­munity has released the third edition of its book Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care.

A practical guide to navigating the complex challenges of managing the expenses associated with the cost of cancer care, the publication includes information on frequently asked questions, such as:

1. Who can I ask for help to learn more about the cost of care and the resources available to me?

2. What if I cannot pay for my prescription medication?

3. I don’t have health insurance. What do I do?

4. How do I know what my health insurance will cover?

5. How can I find out how much I will have to pay for my cancer care?

6. I can’t afford my health insurance premiums. What are my options?

To order or download a copy, visit

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This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, March/April 2012.