The Florida Department of Financial Services
The Florida Department of Financial Services, Consumer Assistance Division can answer general insurance and financial questions through a toll-free helpline. They will be able to verify what your health insurance should cover and the deductibles involved.
Call the Helpline: 1-877-693-5236
The Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability relative to their diagnosis of a life threatening or debilitating disease. They also have a program that provides co-pay assistance to insured Americans who qualify as well as several other programs.
1-800-532-5274 Website Link
American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society has staffed health professionals that are available 24 hours a day to provide information to cancer patients and their families. They provide information on many cancer topics, day to day help and emotional support.
1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345) Website Link
The Hill-Burton Foundation
The Hill-Burton Foundation is a government program that helps with services for those who are underinsured, uninsured, or cannot afford to pay for the services needed. Enrolled facilities that receive funds via this program have to commit to free treatment of a certain percentage of people who cannot pay.
Susan G. Komen’s Interactive Learning
Find the Breast Cancer 101 interactive tool and the Treatment Navigation tool for newly diagnosed patients. Website Link
Battling Breast Cancer
Cancer Support Community
As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the CSC is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. This global network of 175 locations, including CSC and Gilda’s Club centers, health-care partnerships, and satellite locations that deliver more than $50 million in free support services to patients and families. Website Link
Gilda’s Club is an online resource offering support for those living with cancer and their families.
For information call 1-888-GILDA-4-U (1-888-445-3248), email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Visit the website: Website Link
Advanced Breast Cancer Community
The information and tools you’ll find here are unique to advanced stages of breast cancer, including metastatic breast cancer, to help you and your loved ones learn more about your disease. Website Link
Since cancer is less common among young adults, younger cancer patients can feel even more isolated. This mobile app seeks to help by creating connections between young adult cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Website Link
Beyond the Shock
This online community is a free resource where members can ask any question about breast cancer and get answers from fellow survivors. It’s a safe place to share your story, and be encouraged by the stories of others. You can also learn all about breast cancer through informative videos and easy-to-read articles. Website Link
Survivor Support Groups
CancerCare provides free, professional support services for people who have completed cancer treatment, as well as post-treatment and survivorship information and additional resources. Website Link
Young Survival Coalition
Now in its 20th year, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young adults affected by breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so they feel supported, empowered and hopeful. Website Link
Surviving Breast Cancer
Empowering breast cancer survivors and caregivers from day one. Website Link
Sisters Network, Inc.
Sisters Network, Inc. is a national African American breast cancer survivors organization, which provides online support as well as several support groups in Florida and promotes cancer prevention programs.
1-866-781-1808 Website Link
Real Pink Podcast
Susan G. Komen has launched a new podcast, Real Pink TM, that gives listeners the opportunity to share in the stories of those affected by breast cancer. Whether it be survivors and those living with the disease, their loved ones, researchers, physicians or advocates, Real Pink speaks to all. Website Link
Families Living with Breast Cancer
Cancer Support Community
Cancer doesn’t affect only the person with the illness. It affects their family members and friends as well. The Cancer Support Community is here not only to meet the needs of cancer patients and survivors, but also to help the family members and friends who are facing cancer alongside a loved one. Website Link
Men Against Breast Cancer
Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC) is the first and only national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to provide targeted support services that educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when cancer strikes. Since our founding in 1999, MABC has mobilized men across America, including under-served populations, to be active participants in the fight against breast cancer. Our philosophy is to leverage the support of the whole family to help the patient, with special emphasis on the important role of men in caring for the women they love. Website Link
Cancer Hope Network
Cancer Hope Network provides free one-on-one emotional support to adult cancer patients and their loved ones. Each of CHN’s 400+ volunteers is at least one year post-treatment or successfully undergoing maintenance therapies. They have faced more than 80 cancer types and speak 15 languages. Their volunteers offer support from diagnosis, through treatment and into recovery. Website Link
A support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. There are thousands of local groups worldwide; find one near you at www.griefshare.org