Resources

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2016

The following national organizations have information and resources for older adults with cancer. Contact these organizations directly to learn more about their specific programs and services. Because programs and services change frequently, this list may not include everything available. Find more organizations and support.

Organizations

Administration on Aging

AARP
888-687-2277

American Cancer Society
800-227-2345

CancerCare
800-813-4673

Centers for Disease Control: Healthy Aging for Older Adults

National Cancer Institute
800-422-6237

National Institute on Aging
800-222-2225

National Institutes of Health Senior Health

The American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging
800-563-4916

Insurance Resources

Healthcare.gov
1-800-318-2596

Medicare
800-633-4227

Medicaid.gov

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
877-222-8387 (health benefits number; additional phone numbers available on website)

Financial Support Resources

National Council on Aging BenefitsCheckUp
571-527-3900

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

CancerCare Financial Assistance Program
800-813-4673

HealthWell Foundation
800-675-8416

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Patient Financial Aid
800-955-4572

Transportation Resources

Eldercare Locator from the U.S. Administration on Aging
800-677-1116

Road to Recovery from the American Cancer Society
800-227-2345

Local service or voluntary organizations such as Catholic Charities, Jewish Social Services, the Lions Club, Lutheran Social Services, the Salvation Army, the United Way, the YMCA, the YWCA, and others may provide assistance with local travel. Contact a social worker or check the local telephone directory for a list of organizations. Many hospitals and clinics also maintain a list of service organizations in the community. Find a complete list of local service organizations and organizations that provide travel and housing assistance.