For those with little or no insurance

The Affordable Care Act expands access to insurance to everyone. To find out about your insurance options visit HealthCare.gov.

Below are local and national resources for patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and need assistance paying for treatment:

  • The Figg Tree Foundation—Provides grants to help with medical expenses ranging from doctors visits to chemotherapy treatment (click on Grant Info)
  • Patient Advocate Foundation—The Colorectal CareLine provides one-time grants to patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and need help with transportation services associated with their care
  • BenefitsCheckUp, a Service of the National Council on Aging—Helps seniors access available benefits for health care and other needs
  • HealthWell Foundation—Helps pay for medications for patients who are underinsured
  • Oregon Primary Care Association—Provides a list of federally qualified health centers across Oregon (click on Find a Health Center)
  • Project Access Now—Coordinates a network of volunteer physicians and other health care providers, making it easier for them to donate medically necessary care to the low-income uninsured in our communities.
  • 211info.org — Connects people with health and social service organizations
  • Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program in Washington State provides free cancer screening and follow-up services to income- and screening-eligible adults. (Services are provided in Vancouver-area practices.

 

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Your Stories

I was screened for colorectal cancer and was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in February 2010. My surgeon estimated the cancer had probably been growing in my colon for about 10 years! If I had been screened earlier, there would have been advantages to diagnosing and treating the cancer earlier.

I talk about colon screening because I want my friends and family members to understand it isn’t a terrible process, like they might think. It’s easy to do, and when it comes to colon cancer, early diagnosis and prevention really make a difference. I’m an example of how it saves lives.

I have had regular checkups since then and have no evidence of colon cancer. I will continue to have colon screenings and I encourage others to do the same.

Joy Maxwell – Roseburg


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