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A Guide to Insurance

By knowing the ins and outs of your insurance plan, as well as lobbying for yourself, you can ensure that your insurance plan is providing you with the resources you need.

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Cancer on a Shoestring

Dealing with cancer can be more stressful for those with lower incomes. Read advice from three attorneys and access additional resources here.

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Conquering Insurance Issues and Problems

Whatever your insurance problem no coverage, excessive out-of-pocket expenses, costly premiums, or worries about future insurance coverage theres help.

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Filing for Disability Due to Cancer

Whether your disability from cancer is expected to be short-term or long-term, it helps to know the differences between the two and understand how to apply for each type of benefit.

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Financial Assistance for Those in Need

A cancer diagnosis can quickly impose an economic burden. A variety of organizations provide programs such as transportation to and from treatment, access to medications, or lodging assistance.

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Hardship Withdrawals: What You Need to Know

Having the option to take a hardship withdrawal from your retirement account can be a lifesaver when you have nowhere else to turn for cash.

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Healthcare Reform: What Workers and Job Seekers Need to Know

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act made changes to benefits and services, instituted new rules for insurance companies, and provided new ways for workers to obtain health insurance coverage.

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Insurance Legislation: HIPAA, COBRA, GINA, ACA

What can you expect in terms of privacy and insurance aid related to your cancer diagnosis and treatment?

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Managing the Costs of Your Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment is costly and can take a toll on your wallet, in addition to your health and emotions. Here are some tips on what costs you can expect, and how to plan for them.

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Top Three Insurance Questions About Employment

Learn about how long you can stay on your employers insurance policy if you are taking leave, what to do if your COBRA time runs out, and what to do if your insurance company denies coverage.

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Top Three Legal Questions About Employment

Learn about disclosing your diagnosis, taking time off from work, and options for leave after FMLA leave time expires.

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Need Help Paying for Your Prescriptions?

Insurance may not cover all of the prescriptions that are necessary for your cancer treatment. To alleviate high drug costs that you may not be able to afford, use the table below to find discounts and copay assistance through drug manufacturers. This table is by no means a comprehensive list of manufacturer discounts for cancer drugs.

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Cancer TypeDrug NameManufacturer NameWebsitePhone NumberAnnual Maximum
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)BesponsaPfizerClick Here877744567525000
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)GleevecNovartisClick Here866453383230000
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)IclusigTakedaClick Here855447727725000
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)imatinib mesylateMultiple ManufacturersClick Here87733621878400
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)imatinib mesylateMultiple ManufacturersClick Here87733621878400
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)Kymriah (Gene Therapy)NovartisClick Here8444596742
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)MarqiboSpectrum PharmaceuticalsClick Here888537827710000
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)SprycelBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here855777923532000
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)XatmepSilvergate PharmaceuticalsClick Here8003882316
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)GleevecNovartisClick Here866453383230000
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)IdhifaCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)MylotargPfizerClick Here877744567525000
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)NeupogenAmgenClick Here888657837110000
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)RydaptNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)VyxeosJazz PharmaceuticalsClick Here855589936710000
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)ZarxioSandozClick Here844726369110000
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)AdcetrisSeattle Genetics Inc.Click Here8554732873
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)ErivedgeGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)OdomzoSun PharmaClick Here877636696115000
B-Cell LymphomaRituxan HycelaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
B-Cell LymphomaZydeligGilead SciencesClick Here844622237723738
BladderBavencioEMD SeronoClick Here844826837130000
BladderImfinziAstraZenecaClick Here844275236026000
BladderKeytrudaMerck & Co.Click Here855257393225000
BladderTecentriqGenentechClick Here855692672925000
BoneXgevaAmgenClick Here888657837110000
Bone MetastasesXofigoBayerClick Here8556963446
BreastAbraxaneCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
BreastAfinitorNovartisClick Here877577775615000
BreastArimidexAstraZenecaClick Here8557482655
BreastAromasinPfizerClick Here86656261513600
BreastFarestonProStrakanClick Here85523358041800
BreastFaslodexAstraZenecaClick Here84427523606000
BreastFemaraNovartisClick Here877577775615000
BreastHalavenEisaiClick Here855347244818000
BreastHerceptinGenentechClick Here855692672925000
BreastIbrancePfizerClick Here855612195125000
BreastIxempraR-Pharm USClick Here855991727725000
BreastKadcylaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
BreastKisqaliNovartisClick Here877577775615000
BreastKisqaliNovartisClick Here877577775615000
BreastKisqali Femara Co-PackNovartisClick Here877577775615000
BreastLynparzaAstraZenecaClick Here844275236026000
BreastNerlynxPuma BiotechnologyClick Here8558165421
BreastOgivriMylan SpecialtyClick Here
BreastPerjetaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
BreastSoltamoxDARA BioSciencesClick Here91987255781200
BreastTykerbNovartisClick Here877577775615000
BreastVerzenioEli LillyClick Here844837936425000
BreastZoladexTerSera TherapeuticsClick Here84486430142000
CervicalAvastinGenentechClick Here855692672925000
CervicalMvasi (FDA approved; not on market yet)AmgenClick Here
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)GazyvaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)ImbruvicaJanssenClick Here855612194924600
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)RituxanGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)Rituxan HycelaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)VenclextaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)ZydeligGilead SciencesClick Here844622237723738
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)BosulifPfizerClick Here855612195125000
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)GleevecNovartisClick Here866453383230000
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)IclusigTakedaClick Here855447727725000
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)imatinib mesylateMultiple ManufacturersClick Here87733621878400
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)imatinib mesylateMultiple ManufacturersClick Here87733621878400
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)SprycelBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here855777923532000
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)TasignaNovartisClick Here877577775615000
ColonClenpiq (FDA approved; not on market yet)Ferring PharmaceuticalsClick Here
ColorectalAvastinGenentechClick Here855692672925000
ColorectalCyramzaEli LillyClick Here866472866325000
ColorectalErbituxEli LillyClick Here866472866325000
ColorectalFusilevSpectrum PharmaceuticalsClick Here888537827710000
ColorectalLonsurfTaiho OncologyClick Here844824464836000
ColorectalMvasi (FDA approved; not on market yet)AmgenClick Here
ColorectalOpdivoBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
ColorectalStivargaBayerClick Here866581499225000
ColorectalVectibixAmgenClick Here888657837110000
GastricCyramzaEli LillyClick Here866472866325000
GastricHerceptinGenentechClick Here855692672925000
GastricKeytrudaMerck & Co.Click Here855257393225000
GastricOgivriMylan SpecialtyClick Here
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)GleevecNovartisClick Here866453383230000
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)imatinib mesylateMultiple ManufacturersClick Here87733621878400
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)imatinib mesylateMultiple ManufacturersClick Here87733621878400
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)StivargaBayerClick Here866581499225000
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)SutentPfizerClick Here800879347725000
GlioblastomaAvastinGenentechClick Here855692672925000
GlioblastomaMvasi (FDA approved; not on market yet)AmgenClick Here
GlioblastomaOptuneNovocureClick Here8552819301
Head and NeckErbituxEli LillyClick Here866472866325000
Head and NeckKeytrudaMerck & Co.Click Here855257393225000
Head and NeckOpdivoBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
Hodgkin's LymphomaAdcetrisSeattle Genetics Inc.Click Here8554732873
Hodgkin's LymphomaGazyvaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Hodgkin's LymphomaKeytrudaMerck & Co.Click Here855257393225000
Hodgkin's LymphomaMatulaneSigma-TauClick Here8775349627
Hodgkin's LymphomaOpdivoBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)GammaplexBio Products LaboratoryClick Here2000
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)Gamunex CGrifolsClick Here88869426862500
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)HizentraCSL BehringClick Here87735544474000
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)NplateAmgenClick Here888657837110000
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)PromactaNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)RayosHorizon PharmaClick Here85522640069600
KidneyNexavarBayerClick Here866581499225000
LeukemiasGleevecNovartisClick Here866453383230000
LeukemiasRayosHorizon PharmaClick Here85522640069600
LiverNexavarBayerClick Here866581499225000
LiverZortressNovartisClick Here87795210007200
LymphomasAliqopaBayerClick Here(833) 254-7672, option 225000
LymphomasBeleodaqSpectrum PharmaceuticalsClick Here888537827710000
LymphomasFolotynSpectrum PharmaceuticalsClick Here888537827710000
LymphomasGazyvaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
LymphomasGleevecNovartisClick Here866453383230000
LymphomasIstodaxCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
LymphomasOpdivoBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
LymphomasRayosHorizon PharmaClick Here85522640069600
LymphomasRituxan HycelaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
LymphomasTargretinValeant PharmaceuticalsClick Here8773612719
LymphomasValchlorActelionClick Here855482524510000
Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)CalquenceAstraZenecaClick Here844275236026000
Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)ImbruvicaJanssenClick Here855612194924600
Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)RevlimidCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
MelanomaCotellicGenentechClick Here855692672925000
MelanomaImlygicAmgenClick Here888657837110000
MelanomaKeytrudaMerck & Co.Click Here855257393225000
MelanomaMekinistNovartisClick Here877577775615000
MelanomaOpdivoBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
MelanomaTafinlarNovartisClick Here877577775615000
MelanomaYervoyBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
MelanomaZelborafGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC)BavencioEMD SeronoClick Here844826837130000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)DarzalexJanssenClick Here844553279220000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)EmplicitiBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)EvomelaSpectrum PharmaceuticalsClick Here888537827710000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)FarydakNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)KyprolisAmgenClick Here888657837120000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)NinlaroTakedaClick Here844617646825000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)PomalystCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)RevlimidCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)ThalomidCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
Multiple Myeloma (MM)XgevaAmgenClick Here888657837110000
Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)GleevecNovartisClick Here866453383230000
Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)imatinib mesylateMultiple ManufacturersClick Here87733621878400
Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)imatinib mesylateMultiple ManufacturersClick Here87733621878400
Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)RevlimidCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)VidazaCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
MyelofibrosisJakafiIncyte CorporationClick Here855452523425000
Neuroendocrine TumorsSomatuline DepotIpsen / TercicaClick Here866435567720000
Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET) of Gastrointestinal OriginAfinitorNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET) of Lung OriginAfinitorNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Non-Hodgkin’s LymphomaGazyvaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Non-Hodgkin’s LymphomaIstodaxCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
Non-Hodgkin’s LymphomaRituxanGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Non-Hodgkin’s LymphomaTargretinValeant PharmaceuticalsClick Here8773612719
Non-Hodgkin’s LymphomaValchlorActelionClick Here855482524510000
Non-Hodgkin’s LymphomaZevalinSpectrum PharmaceuticalsClick Here888537827710000
Non-Hodgkin’s LymphomaZydeligGilead SciencesClick Here844622237723738
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)AbraxaneCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)AlecensaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)AlimtaEli LillyClick Here866472866325000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)AlunbrigTakedaClick Here844217646825000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)AvastinGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)CyramzaEli LillyClick Here866472866325000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)GilotrifBoehringer IngelheimClick Here8778143915
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)ImfinziAstraZenecaClick Here844275236026000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)IressaAstraZenecaClick Here844275236026000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)KeytrudaMerck & Co.Click Here855257393225000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)MekinistNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)Mvasi (FDA approved; not on market yet)AmgenClick Here
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)OpdivoBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)Pemfexy (FDA approved; not on market yet)Eagle PharmaceuticalsClick Here
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)PortrazzaEli LillyClick Here866472866325000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)TafinlarNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)TagrissoAstraZenecaClick Here844275236026000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)TarcevaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)TecentriqGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)XalkoriPfizerClick Here800879347725000
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)ZykadiaNovartisClick Here877577775615000
OvarianAvastinGenentechClick Here855692672925000
OvarianLynparzaAstraZenecaClick Here844275236026000
OvarianRubracaClovis OncologyClick Here844779770724000
OvarianZejulaTesaroClick Here844283727626000
PainArymo EREgaletClick Here8553792325
PainFentoraTevaClick Here8774336867
PainGelclairDARA BioSciencesClick Here8553272246
PainSubsysInsys PharmaClick Here8557666502
PancreaticAbraxaneCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
PancreaticOnivydeIpsen / TercicaClick Here844664893320000
PancreaticSutentPfizerClick Here800879347725000
PancreaticTarcevaGenentechClick Here855692672925000
PreventativeXgevaAmgenClick Here888657837110000
ProstateErleadaJanssenClick Here833375323215000
ProstateProvengeDendreonClick Here87733637366000
ProstateXofigoBayerClick Here8556963446
ProstateXtandiAstellasClick Here855898263425000
ProstateZoladexTerSera TherapeuticsClick Here84486430142000
ProstateZytigaJanssenClick Here855998442112000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)AfinitorNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)AvastinGenentechClick Here855692672925000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)CabometyxExelixisClick Here844900327325000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)InlytaPfizerClick Here800879347725000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)KeytrudaMerck & Co.Click Here855257393225000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)LenvimaEisaiClick Here866613472440000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)Mvasi (FDA approved; not on market yet)AmgenClick Here
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)NexavarBayerClick Here866581499225000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)OpdivoBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)SutentPfizerClick Here800879347725000
Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)VotrientNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (SLL)ZydeligGilead SciencesClick Here844622237723738
Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS)LartruvoEli LillyClick Here866472866325000
Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS)VotrientNovartisClick Here877577775615000
SupportiveAkynzeoEisaiClick Here85535746681800
SupportiveBionectCipher PharmaceuticalsClick Here8888390049
SupportiveCinvantiHeron TherpauticsClick Here84443766111800
SupportiveFentoraTevaClick Here8774336867
SupportiveNascobalPar PharmaceuticalClick Here86643936851200
SupportiveNeulastaAmgenClick Here888657837110000
SupportiveNeupogenAmgenClick Here888657837110000
SupportiveNeutraSalOraPharmaClick Here87746046111500
SupportiveProliaAmgenClick Here88865783711500
SupportiveProthelialMueller Medical InternationalClick Here8604770961
SupportiveSancusoProStrakanClick Here866261855414400
SupportiveSandostatin LAR DepotNovartisClick Here877577775615000
SupportiveSubsysInsys PharmaClick Here8557666502
SupportiveSyndrosInsys PharmaClick Here87733622044800
SupportiveVarubiTesaroClick Here844283727626000
SupportiveVistogardWellstat TherapeuticsClick Here8443740604
SupportiveZarxioSandozClick Here844726369110000
T-Cell LymphomaBeleodaqSpectrum PharmaceuticalsClick Here888537827710000
T-Cell LymphomaFolotynSpectrum PharmaceuticalsClick Here888537827710000
T-Cell LymphomaIstodaxCelgeneClick Here800931869110000
T-Cell LymphomaTargretinValeant PharmaceuticalsClick Here8773612719
T-Cell LymphomaValchlorActelionClick Here855482524510000
ThyroidCaprelsaAstraZenecaClick Here800367499920000
ThyroidCometriqExelixisClick Here8552533273
ThyroidLenvimaEisaiClick Here866613472440000
ThyroidNexavarBayerClick Here866581499225000
ThyroidThyrogenGenzymeClick Here88849764361000
Tuberous Sclerosis-Related Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma (SEGA)AfinitorNovartisClick Here877577775615000
Urothelial Bladder CancerKeytrudaMerck & Co.Click Here855257393225000
Urothelial Bladder CancerOpdivoBristol-Myers SquibbClick Here800861004825000
Waldenstrom’s MacroglobulinemiaImbruvicaJanssenClick Here855612194924600