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Cancer Advocacy Project 


cancer advocacy projectWhen faced with a cancer diagnosis, many individuals find themselves tackling not only emotional and physical distress, but also the soaring price of basic medical care and the daunting maze of the U.S. health care system.

The Cancer Advocacy Project (CAP) was established in 1994 to address this need. The project assists cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and support staff in three main areas: (1) drafting no-cost life-planning documents (wills, healthcare proxies, living wills and powers of attorney) for cancer patients and survivors, (2) challenging unjust health insurance decisions and (3) advice on cancer-related employment discrimination. In addition, the Project provides clients with access to information and assistance through on-site community presentations for support groups, medical and social work staff and community organizations on issues related to life-planning choices, workplace rights, health insurance problems, and issues related to medical debt.


Financial and Medical Resources Guide for Cancer Patients and Survivors (PDF)

This user-friendly guide identifies potential sources of financial and medical assistance, including foundations, charities, cancer-related organizations and pharmaceutical companies that provide free or subsidized medications.

Medical Debt and Debtor’s Rights Guide (English PDF) (Spanish PDF)

This guide discusses basic questions about medical debt and debt collection issues.