Help paying for chemo if you don't qualify for Medicare or Medicaid?

Dnttx903@aol asked...

Is there any help (medical or financial) for someone to continue their chemotherapy treatments when they do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid?

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Bonnie Bajorek Daneker is author and creator of the The Compassionate Caregiver's Series, which includes "The Compassionate Caregiver's Guide to Caring for Someone with Cancer," "The Journey of Grief," "Handbook on Hospice and Palliative Care," and other titles on cancer diagnosis and end of life. She speaks regularly at cancer research and support functions, including PANCAN and Cancer Survivor's Network. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the CSN at St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta and the Georgia Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
The first organization I'd suggest contacting is called Partnership for Prescription Assistance. Their contact info is:


The drug companies that make chemo drugs offer two ways to cut the cost of chemotherapy: clinical trials and patient assistance programs. Clinical trials are the tests companies run to assess new drugs and drug regimens against established drugs. If you participate in a clinical trial, it is one way to get chemo drugs for free or reduced cost.
Drug companies also run programs called Patient Assistance programs, also called indigent patient programs, which have been developed to assist low-income, high-need families get started on a chemo program. Each requires an application with demonstration of need. You can start by contacting these companies:
Bristol Myers Squibb


Eli Lilly Patient Assistance Lillly Cares Program